TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University head soccer coach Mark Krikorian announced the hiring of Mike Bristol as an assistant coach with the women's soccer program. Bristol's primary responsibilities with the Seminoles will include the training of the goalkeepers and team defending along with other recruiting and scouting duties.
Bristol replaces former assistant Paul Rogers, who left Florida State after two seasons to become the goalkeeper coach for the St. Louis Athletica of the Women's Professional Soccer League.
"We are really excited to have Mike join our staff," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "He brings a wealth of experience in dealing with top level goalkeepers and has helped to develop a lot of players at the international level."
A native of Granite City, Ill., Bristol comes to Tallahassee after spending the last six seasons as an assistant with the Eclipse Select Soccer Club in Libertyville, Ill. During his time with the Eclipse, Bristol led the club team to three national championships; had five goalkeepers selected as pool members of national teams and eight goalkeepers named to regional teams. In 2008, Bristol tutored Alexa Gaul (University of Texas) and Taylor Vancil (University of Louisville), goalkeepers on the United States U-17 National Team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA Youth World Cup in New Zealand. Three of his goalkeepers have received the Golden Glove Award at the USYSA National Championships, presented to the tournaments most outstanding goalkeeper. Vancil was one of the Golden Glove Award recipients as she was recognized as the best goalkeeper at the 2008 World Cup.
Bristol has spent a part of his coaching career as a goalkeeper coach at the collegiate level as well. He was an assistant coach at Illinois State University from 2002-04 where he was in charge of the goalkeepers and the backs. During his time at Illinois State his goalkeepers ranked in the top 12 nationally in goals against average. Following his time at Illinois State, Bristol served as the goalkeeper coach for the women's program at the University of Maryland.
His coaching background also includes stints with the Region II ODP and Illinois ODP programs. He also traveled to Germany as the goalkeeper coach with the 1992 Regional ODP team. Bristol has earned NSCAA level 1, 2 and 3 goalkeeping diplomas as well as national, advanced national and premier diplomas from the NSCAA. He is also on the NSCAA goalkeeping instructional staff for state and regional diplomas. Bristol earned his national goalkeeping license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
As a player, Bristol was a four-year starting goalkeeper at Western Illinois University (1995-99). During his freshman season, he was voted team most valuable player and earned first team All Mid-Continent Conference honors. Bristol served as team captain for three years and was selected to numerous All-Tournament teams. Following his collegiate career, Bristol played for the PDL Cocoa Expos soccer team in Cocoa Beach, Fla., during the summer of 1999.
"Having three very good goalkeepers coming into preseason training, we felt it was essential to find the very best goalkeeper coach possible," added Krikorian. "We know that Mike will come in and help our players continue to develop and grow in our program."
Bristol graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and a master's degree in Sports Management from Western Illinois University.