Former University at Buffalo men's soccer head coach Davie Carmichael will coach this coming season at Cal Poly. UB cut its men's soccer program on April 3, just 62 days after Carmichael was promoted to head coach and before he could coach his first-ever game for the Bulls.
Carmichael will serve as a volunteer assistant to Mustangs head coach Steve Sampson, who will enter his third season as the man in charge.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of Coach Sampson's Cal Poly staff and looking forward to working under and learning from such a successful and experienced coach at every level in the game," Carmichael said in a statement to The Buffalo News. "I believe this is the perfect place for me to learn and continue my development as a coach alongside a very accomplished coaching staff.
"Now that all of my UB players and coaching staff have been able to navigate their futures I see this move as the silver lining in UB's decision to discontinue men's soccer."
Carmichael declined to comment on how long his contract at UB runs.
UB is coming off one of its best season's ever in 2016, cracking the nation's RPI top 50 after finishing 12-4-3. The Bulls 10 shutouts were the second-most in program history. Senior standout Russell Cicerone was picked in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers.
Former UB head coach Stu Riddle left the program in January for the same job at Northern Kentucky. Carmichael had spent two seasons as an assistant on Riddle's staff before being promoted. During his first season as a UB assistant in 2015, Carmichael helped Buffalo to its first winning record in seven seasons at 8-7-4 while advancing to the MAC tournament title game for only the second time in program history.
"I'm very excited to have Davie as part of our staff. He brings a wealth of experience to Cal Poly as both a coach and former player," said Sampson, the former head coach of the United States men's national team (1995-98), in a release.
"Davie will be involved in almost every aspect of our program, but will primarily assist me in working with our team on the field. His addition adds quality to our staff to care for the needs of our players. I'm convinced Davie's contributions will allow Cal Poly to continue growing as a top Division I program."
Before joining the Bulls' staff, Carmichael turned Lake Erie College from a bottom-feeder with a 1-16-1 record in 2013 to a respectable program, helping the Storm to an 11-5-2 record in his first season in charge in 2014.
Carmichael played at Northwood University in Michigan and Notre Dame college in Ohio. He joins a Cal Poly program coming off a 5-9-3 season.