Mike Brizendine

  • Mike
  • Brizendine

  • Head Men's Soccer Coach

In his nine years at the helm of the Virginia Tech program, head coach Mike Brizendine has worked to return the Hokies to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last season, Brizendine’s squad made a triumphant return to the NCAA tournament, winning three games and advancing all the way to the Elite Eight.

Quick Facts
Seasons at VTNinth Season
Overall Record60-87-22 (.420) Games: 169
ACC Record13-49-13 (.260) Games: 75
vs. Non-Conference47-38-9 (.548) Games: 94
vs. Ranked Teams10-41-7 (.233) Games: 58
Record Home34-32-14 (.513) Games: 80
Record Away19-48-8 (.307) Games: 75
Record Neutral7-7 (.500) Games: 14
Career Record60-87-22 (.420) Games: 169

Personal
Born: April 13, 1977
Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Wife: former Lucy Draper
Children: daughters Sloane, Reece and Millie

Education
High School: McLean High School
College: James Madison University (B.A. in religion, 1999)
Postgraduate: Virginia Tech (masters in education, 2005)

Playing Experience
James Madison (1995-98)

Coaching Experience
1999Men's assistant coach, Ferrum College
2000Men's and women's assistant coach, Bridgewater College
2001-03Men's head coach, Bridgewater College
2004-09Men's assistant coach, Virginia Tech
2009-currentMen's head coach, Virginia Tech
 2009 5-12-2 overall, 2-6 ACC
 2010 5-13-1 overall, 1-6-1 ACC
 2011 4-13-2 overall, 1-6-1 ACC
 2012 7-10-3 overall, 0-7-1 ACC
 2013 4-8-5 overall, 1-5-5 ACC
 2014 7-8-2 overall, 2-5-1 ACC
 2015 5-9-3 overall, 0-5-3 ACC
 2016 13-5-4 overall, 3-4-1 ACC

The 2016 season marked a resurgence of the Tech soccer program, winning six straight games to open the season en route to a No. 15 ranking. After opening the season by upsetting No. 18 Ohio State and No. 24 Georgetown, the Hokies would end the season 10-1-3 against non-league opponents. The Hokies compiled their best ACC record in Brizendine’s tenure, finishing 3-4-1 to earn the nine seed in the ACC Tournament. Tech’s four losses all came against programs ranked in the top-10: tenth-ranked Syracuse, seventh-ranked Clemson, third-ranked UNC and top-ranked Notre Dame. The team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the program’s first in a decade, opening with a 1-0 victory over East Tennessee State. The Hokies then went on to defeat Charlotte and Indiana, advancing to the Elite Eight. The program ended the season ranked eighth nationally.

Brizendine was named the 2016 VaSID Coach of the Year with junior Marcelo Acuna earning third-team All-America honors. Senior Juan Pablo Saavedra joined an elite group of former Hokies when he was drafted by FC Toronto in the 2016 MLS Draft.

Brizendine has coached 21 players that have gone on to play professional soccer, as well as six MLS draftees. After taking over a program facing significant recruiting restrictions and coming off a four-win season, his leadership has returned Virginia Tech to one of the most competitive programs in the nation.

After serving 10 years as a collegiate assistant coach, including five at Virginia Tech, Brizendine finally got his opportunity lead his own program when former AD Jim Weaver promoted him to the head coach on June 11, 2009.

During the 2015 season, Brizendine’s team won five games, including an upset against then-No. 10 Xavier. Sophomore Merlin Baus led the team, tallying 15 points. At the conclusion of the season, Ricardo John signed with the professional team Central F.C. in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2014, Brizendine's young squad produced seven wins, including victories over Wake Forest, NC State, SIUE and UNCG. Freshman Ricardo John, who tallied 11 points, was named all-conference and all-region. Underclassmen scored all 19 goals and freshman keeper Ben Lundgaard recorded six shutouts in seeing nearly 75 percent of the minutes in goal.

The 2013 season saw a school-record three players either drafted into the MLS or sign professional contracts following the season. The Hokies also earned eight points in ACC play, the most since 2007, behind five ties and an upset victory over No. 17 Syracuse. Under Brizendine’s direction, the Hokie defense only allowed 23 goals all season, the lowest total allowed since 2005, as well as the second first-team All-ACC selection in school history.

Brizendine’s 2012 team earned the most wins in a season (seven) for the program since 2007. On Nov. 5, 2012, in College Park, Md., the Hokies scored three unanswered goals to top NC State in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, capturing only the second victory for the team in the tournament since the school joined the conference in 2004.

The 2011 side played five top-25 opponents during the season, and the year was highlighted by a 1-0 double-overtime win over 2011 NCAA champion North Carolina. The victory was the program's first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since 2004.

Under Brizendine's guidance, the Hokies have also had a great deal of success in the classroom. His teams earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award five times (2010-14, 16). The award honors teams with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

As an assistant under former coach Oliver Weiss, Brizendine played an integral role in helping the Hokies make it to the College Cup for the first time in the program’s history. For his contributions, he was recognized as the NSCAA's Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.

Brizendine joined the Hokie staff after a successful stint with Bridgewater (Va.) College, a Division III program that participates in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). After assisting both the men's and women's programs at Bridgewater in 2000, he became the head men's coach from 2001 to 2003, guiding the team from non-competitive status to a full-fledged Division III program. Brizendine led Bridgewater to its two best single-season records – 12-6 in 2003 and 11-7 in 2002 – for a 23-13 mark over two seasons and a .639 winning percentage. For this significant turnaround, his peers named him ODAC Coach of the Year in 2003.

Prior to his time at Bridgewater College, he was an assistant coach at Ferrum College for the men's soccer team in 1999. He has also been active guiding and encouraging kids in youth soccer programs throughout his coaching career.

Brizendine graduated from James Madison University in 1999 and earned his Master of Education from Virginia Tech in 2005.

As a player, he lettered four seasons at James Madison University from 1995-98 and ended his career sixth in all-time scoring for the Dukes. He earned all-conference and all-region recognition during his four-year career. He also played professionally with the Roanoke Wrath (1999) and the Northern Virginia Royals (2000 and 2001) of the Division 3 league.

Brizendine and wife Lucy, reside in Blacksburg, with their three daughters, Sloane, Reece and Millie.