Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Mike Jeffries begins his second year as the Associate Head Coach at Duke with six seasons of experience coaching in Major League Soccer. Prior to coming to Duke, Jeffries coached two seasons in the collegiate ranks.
Jeffries’ MLS experience includes three seasons as Head Coach of the Dallas Burn, from 2001-2003. He led the squad to the playoffs in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he was nominated for MLS Coach of the Year. Jeffries began in the MLS as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire, coaching goalkeepers. He guided Zach Thornton to the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award and helped the Fire win two US Open Championships and one MLS Cup.
In 2004, Jeffries broke into collegiate coaching as a volunteer assistant at Southern Methodist University. The following season he became the Head Coach of the University of the Incarnate Word. Jeffries guided the Cardinals to a share of the Southwest Conference title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament, a 14-4-3 overall record and an 11-1-2 mark in the conference.
After graduating from Duke with a degree in electrical engineering and public policy, Jeffries was the first American player chosen in the 1983 MISL draft. He was picked by the Minnesota Strikers. He played four years for the Strikers and one season for the Dallas Sidekicks before a knee injury cut his playing career short. He went on to earn his USSF “A” license and a master’s degree from Tulane University in finance.
Following his playing career Jeffries got into coaching when he founded the premier program called the Lafreniere Soccer Association in New Orleans, which grew to 1,500 youth players. He went from there to the New Orleans Gamblers Soccer Club of the “A” league where he coached for three years and led the team to the 1997 Central Division Championship.
Jeffries is one of six Blue Devils in the history of the program to be named National Player of the Year. He was awarded the Hermann Trophy in 1983 after leading Duke to a record of 18-2-2 and a No. 1 ranking throughout the season. As a junior in 1982, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the first National Championship game in school history. The game was one of the most epic battles in tournament history as Indiana defeated Duke 2-1 in eight overtimes. Jeffries earned All-America honors in 1983 as well as an Academic All-America selection. He was also named to the All-South Region first team as a senior and was a two-time All-ACC selection.
A native of Bethesda, Md., Jeffries and his wife Terry are the parents of Kaitlin (14), A.J. (11) and Nathan (8).