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Jeffries to return as head coach

Mike Jeffries (left) and goalkeeping assistant coach Matt Kennedy (right) take the field before the Menace's 2013 finale on July 20.
 
 
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Wednesday, OCT. 2, 2013 – Mike Jeffries will continue his tenure as the Des Moines Menace’s head coach.
 
Menace owner Kyle Krause announced today that Jeffries has signed a one-year contract to lead the Premier Development League team for a second season.
 
“I am excited to return to Des Moines for the 2014 season, and I look forward to working with a talented and competitive group of players to achieve success during the season,” Jeffries said.
 
The veteran coach looks to take care of unfinished business from his first year on the Des Moines sideline. Though the Menace started the 2013 season on a memorable note, Jeffries’ side did not accomplish the goal of earning a postseason berth. After advancing to the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in May, Des Moines settled for a 6-6-2 league mark and a third-place finish in the PDL’s Heartland Division.
 
“In building upon our successful Open Cup run last year,” Jeffries continued, “I am confident in being able to manage the Menace back into the playoffs in 2014, as we continue to play entertaining soccer and develop future professional players.”
 
Jeffries’ first task is to assemble a Menace team that can qualify for the 2014 Open Cup, by securing a berth in the United States Adult Soccer Association’s cup this fall. The Menace eyes its fifth-straight appearance – and ninth overall – in the Open Cup.
 
A former U.S. Men’s National Team player, Jeffries has more than 20 seasons’ experience as a professional coach and player. In more than a decade with MLS teams, he was the head coach for Dallas (2001-03) and spent two stints with Chicago (1998-00 and 2008-10).
 
This past season marked Jeffries’ first head-coaching duties since 2005, when he guided NCAA Division-II University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio). In the first month of the 2013 season, the Menace collected a pair of 1-0 wins in the Open Cup, topping Madison (amateur National Premier Soccer League) and Minnesota (professional North American Soccer League).
 
The thrilling upset at Minnesota on May 21 was made possible by a late header goal by defender Brandon Fricke, a 2013 all-PDL selection. One week later, the Menace went toe-to-toe with defending cup champion Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer). In front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park, the amateurs held their own in a 2-0 loss – the franchise’s first-ever match in an MLS venue.
 
“Everyone at the Menace is glad that Mike Jeffries has agreed to return as head coach for the 2014 PDL season,” said Krause. “We’re optimistic Coach Jeffries and his staff have laid the groundwork to get us back to the PDL playoffs in what should once again be a very competitive Heartland Division.”
 
 
Michael (Mike) Jeffries
Born: May 20, 1962 in Lynn, Mass.; Native of Bethesda, Md., after age three
Wife: Terry (married Sept. 10, 1988)
Children: daughter Kaitlin  (20, junior at Duke), son  A.J. (18, freshman at Southern Methodist) and son Nathan (14)
Education: B.S., Duke University (1984, Electrical Engineering/Public Policy); M.B.A., Tulane University (1993, Finance)
 
 
-       Announced by Menace owner Kyle Krause as the team’s new head coach on Jan. 8, 2013.
-       Guided the Menace to a 6-6-2 PDL mark in 2013, and a 2-1-0 record in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Defending cup champion Sporting Kansas City (Major League Soccer) eliminated the Menace, 2-0, on May 28 in a third-round match played in front of more than 15,000 fans at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
-       Has more than 20 years’ experience as a professional player and coach.
-       His 10-plus years in Major League Soccer include three seasons (2001-03) as head coach of the Dallas Burn and three stints with the Chicago Fire.
-       Was an assistant coach in Chicago from 1998-2000 and from 2008-10; served as the Fire’s director of player personnel from Oct. 2010 until Sept. 2012.
-       Led Dallas to the MLS playoffs in 2001 and 2002 and was nominated for MLS Coach of the Year in 2002.
-       Part of Chicago’s inaugural 1998 team that won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the MLS Cup; The Fire repeated as Open Cup champ in 2000.
-       Served as a scout for the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
-       A former member of the United States Men’s National Team (1984-85) and the 1983 NCAA Player of the Year (Duke).
-       Played in North America’s top pro ranks from 1984-88. The first pick of the 1983 Major Indoor Soccer League Draft, he played in MISL for the Minnesota Strikers (1984-87) and the Dallas Sidekicks (1988). In the final season of the original North America Soccer League, he scored two goals in 10 matches for the 1984 Minnesota Strikers.
 
 
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 21st season, the Menace men’s side competes in the 65-team United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL). The Menace’s women’s team plays in the 70-team Women’s Premier Soccer League, after debuting as the Women’s League Soccer 2012 champions. The Menace teams play their home matches in a fun, family-friendly environment at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. The organization promotes a healthy lifestyle through its popular youth programs, including the Menace Academy (select soccer for ages 9-19), camps, clinics, Junior Menace and tournaments.
 
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