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UB promotes from within, hires Carmichael to replace Riddle

The University at Buffalo Bulls have settled upon their new head coach, hiring former assistant Davie Carmichael to lead the men's soccer program for the 2017 season.

Carmichael succeeds his former boss, Stu Riddle, who was hired Jan. 9 to fill the vacant head coaching role at Northern Kentucky. Matt Brown, also part of Riddle's staff with the Bulls, will become Carmichael's chief assistant.

Here's the statement by University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Allen Greene:

"After speaking with Davie, it became very clear to me that the best candidate for the men's soccer program was already on our campus," said Greene. "Davie has been successful as a head coach in the past and has helped turn our men's soccer program into a contender not only within the MAC but at the national level as well.

"Since joining the program two seasons ago, Davie has been a crucial part of the team making back-to-back MAC Championship game appearances and we are looking forward to him elevating the program."

The Bulls' new gaffer has previous head coaching experience with NCAA Division II Lake Erie College, assuming a 1-16-1 squad and improving the program's record to 11-5-2 in his fourth and final season with the Storm. Carmichael spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with UB, and now has his first Division I program to himself.

Carmichael, a former Scotland youth international, will be tasked with replacing seven graduating players, including Major League Soccer draft pick Russell Cicerone.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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