Micah Middendorf is in his eighth season as head coach of the Concordia men’s soccer program.
Middendorf, a Milwaukee native, played his college soccer at Concordia University Wisconsin where he was a member of the Lake Michigan Conference All-Freshmen team in 2001 and a three-time winner (2002-04) of the school’s Falcon Award, given to the player that “best represents the team on and off the field.”
A team captain for CUW, he started 100 consecutive games at defender in his four years with one goal and six assists and routinely drew the assignment of marking the opponent’s top scorer.
In 2005, Middendorf made the transition to graduate assistant for both the men's and women's programs in Mequon. One of Middendorf's mentors during this time was his older brother Ryan, head coach of CUW's women's team. Although the two of them have dissimilar coaching styles today, the younger Middendorf acknowledges that "Ryan gave me a great early foundation on which to build when I finally had the opportunity to become a head coach."
Middendorf took over the Cougar men’s program at a time when the team was in a transition period. The 2008 roster featured 14 first-year players, and the Cougars endured a rough beginning to the season. As the year progressed, the Cougars came together and raised the level of competition against their opponents, despite finishing with a 1-18-0 record.
Middendorf’s first full recruiting class in 2009 brought in 18 new players, 17 of them freshmen. The Cougars showed progress in finishing with a 4-14-1 record and a 3-8 conference record, the latter two steps up from the previous 1-10-0 finish in the 2008 NAC standings.
In 2010, 14 newcomers joined the program. Although the Cougars battled through a 2-13-4 season, several of the first-year Cougars showed signs of better days to come. In 2011, Middendorf welcomed a record 40 players to the first day of preseason training, half of them new to the program, and followed up with 32 players in all for the first day of 2012.
Middendorf sees a bright future for the Cougar men's program. His optimism stems in part from being able to pitch the advantages of Concordia ("a great opportunity for pursuing a degree while becoming part of a close-knit campus community") to prospective student-athletes. Middendorf can also offer his recruits the opportunity to play college soccer within the NCAA Division III and, more specifically, the Northern Athletics Conference. "I have experienced the fire and energy of the conference," says Middendorf. "I tell our players that if you play soccer here, you will experience the challenge of playing at a high level against the top players at a regional and even a national level." That statement was borne out once again this year in the Cougars’ schedule which featured five non-conference opponents highly regarded in the region.
Middendorf attended Martin Luther High School in Greendale, Wisconsin and earned his degree in exercise physiology from Concordia Wisconsin in 2005. Middendorf and his wife Ashlee are proud parents to 3 1/2-year-old son Luca and 1 1/2-year old daughter Leighton.