Michael Poropat, a St. Louis, Missouri native, enters his first season in his second stint, and second season overall, as the head coach of the LSU Alexandria men's soccer team, while also serving as an assistant coach on the Generals women's soccer team. In the summer of 2018, he was awarded the title of Assistant Athletic Director in charge of facilities.
In four seasons as the first head coach of the LSUA women’s soccer team, he compiled a 39-32-4 record. In 2017, he guided the Generals to a 13-4-2 record as the team won its first ever Red River Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship, going 8-1-1 in RRAC play, and earned the conference's Coach of the Year award, as well as being named Louisiana's Women's Soccer Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. In his four years as head coach, his record in conference play was 23-12-1 and his teams qualified for the RRAC Postseason Tournament all four years. His players won three All-Conference First Team awards, nine All-Conference Second Team honors, as well as a winner of the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award and two conference Newcomers of the Year.
He also served as the head coach of the LSUA men’s soccer team in its inaugural season of 2014, leading the Generals to a 7-9-2 record, 5-4 in conference play and qualified for the RRAC Tournament. A player from that team was named to the All-RRAC first team.
Prior to his time at LSUA, Poropat served as the associate head coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, a Division III school in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). In nine years with the Griffins, the men’s team went 61-14-12 and went to the national tournament in 2006. In three seasons coaching the Lady Griffins, the women’s team had a conference record of 18-6-1, and clinched a share of the 2012 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) regular season championship.
From 2008 to 2012, Poropat was on the coaching staff of the St. Louis Lions of the United Soccer League (USL), a professional soccer league that has many links to America’s top soccer league, Major League Soccer (MLS).
Poropat also works in the Olympic Development Program for Region 2, which covers the upper Midwest, since 2010. The program was formed in 1977 to help find players and give them constant training and develop them as potential players for both the men’s and women’s U.S. National Soccer teams.
In 1999, Poropat was named technical director for the Gateway Strikers Soccer Club and served in that position until 2004. He provided direction for provided direction for 31 teams, 62 coaches and 465 players as well as directing camps and tournaments along with developing the clubs’ coaching curriculum.
Poropat graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and followed that with a Master’s in Education from Fontbonne. He also holds a National “A” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation and a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.