The University of Michigan Men's Club Soccer program is happy to announce the signing of Alex Lubyansky as the next head coach of the program. His appointment comes after 10-year head coach, David Hebestreit, stepped down from his position following a historic 2015 season where the Wolverines lost only one game the entire year.
Not a stranger to the University of Michigan or Michigan club soccer, Alex Lubyansky (“Luby”) was a former club and varsity soccer player at the University of Michigan. In 2006, Alex led the Wolverines to the club’s third NIRSA national club soccer championship, when he recorded 5 shutouts in the tournament alone. Luby graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 and DePaul University College of Law in 2012. Luby also played semi-professionally with the Detroit Arsenal and had a trial with Dynamo Kiev FC.
Prior to accepting the UMMCS head coaching position, Luby served as an assistant coach at DePaul University and Schoolcraft College. He is currently the Technical Director at Rochester Soccer Club and assistant coach for the Lawrence Technological University men's program. Alex is affiliated with the Olympic Development Program in Michigan and holds a USSF National B Coaching License.
Alex and his wife, Alison, live in Plymouth, MI with their two Pomeranians, Yashin and Sheva. When he’s not coaching, Luby can be found playing the occasional game of FIFA and blogging about youth soccer at http://www.seriousyouthsoccer.com
Alex accepted his NIRSA club soccer championship medal in November 2006, the last time the University of Michigan won the national title.
Joining Luby on the 2016 coaching staff, Steve Bodei enters his 7th season with UMMCS as an assistant coach. A native of New Jersey, Steve attended Centenary University starting all four years for the Cyclones and was selected as captain for two. Following graduation, Steve remained at Centenary University for a graduate degree and served as assistant coach for the Cyclones for four seasons.
Steve moved to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan in 2009 and has held various positions in University Housing. During this time, Steve has remained a reliable and passionate assistant coach for the UMMCS program and has helped the team reach 4 MASC Regional tournaments, 1 MASC Regional Tournament championship, and 4 NIRSA National Tournaments.
Steve and his wife, Elise, live in Ann Arbor with their daughter, Bryn.
The final member of the 2016 coaching staff, Thomas Zaikos, enters his fourth season with the UMMCS program. Prior to the University of Michigan, Thomas was a four-year member of the St. Bonaventure University Bonnies, graduating in 2010 before moving to the George Washington University School of Medicine to pursue a M.D. Thomas took a leave of absence in 2012 in order to attend the University of Michigan where he is currently working to earn an additional doctorate (Ph.D.).
Thomas joined the UMMCS in 2013 and played in the backline for two years before joining the coaching staff in 2015.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Thomas now lives in Ann Arbor and plans to defend his thesis in 2017 before moving back to Washington D.C. to complete his medical studies.
Winning his first MASC title with the club last season, Steve and the Wolverines look to finally add a national championship to his resume in 2016.
Thomas played his final season for the Wolverines in 2014 before joining the coaching staff in 2015.