Mike Jeffries (soccer)

Michael Jeffries (born May 20, 1962) is an American soccer coach and former player who is currently the head coach of Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship. The 1983 Hermann Trophy winner, he played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League, earning three caps with the U.S. national team.

Mike Jeffries
Personal information
Full name Michael Jeffries
Date of birth (1962-05-20) May 20, 1962
Place of birth Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Charlotte Independence (head coach/GM)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Duke Blue Devils
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 Minnesota Strikers 8 (1)
1984–1987 Minnesota Strikers (indoor) 127 (18)
1988 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 33 (7)
1993–1997 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers
National team
1984–1985 United States 3 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (assistant)
1995–1998 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers
1998–2000 Chicago Fire (assistant)
2001–2003 Dallas Burn
2004 Southern Methodist University (assistant)
2005 University of the Incarnate Word
2006–2007 Duke University (assistant)
2008–2010 Chicago Fire (assistant)
2013–2014 Des Moines Menace
2015–2018 Charlotte Independence
2019– Charlotte Independence
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career


Jeffries attended Duke University, where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1980 to 1983. Jeffries was selected to represent the United States at the 1981 Maccabiah Games in Israel.[1] In 1982, Duke went to the NCAA championship before falling to Indiana University in eight overtimes. In 1983, Jeffries was a first-team All-American and the 1983 Hermann Trophy winner as the outstanding collegiate player of the year. Jeffries was a double major at Duke, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and public policy. He later earned a master's degree from Tulane University.


After his graduation, Jeffries played one season with the 1984 Minnesota Strikers of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the final year of the league's existence. After the NASL folded, the Strikers moved to the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Jeffries remained with the Strikers and played with indoor soccer with them from 1984 to 1987. The Strikers released Jeffries in the fall of 1987 and he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Sidekicks on October 20, 1987. He played thirty-three games of the 1987-1988 season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and retiring from playing professionally. In 1993, he became a player-assistant coach with the New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers of the USISL.

National team

Jeffries played his first game with the U.S. national team in a scoreless tie with Ecuador on November 30, 1984. He played again, this time in a 2-0 loss to Canada on April 2, 1985. His last game with the national team came two days later in a 1-1 tie with Canada.

Post-playing career

After retiring, Jeffries became a financial consultant with Smith Barney in New Orleans. After three years, he decided to return to soccer and founded the Lafreniere Select Soccer Program.


In 1995, Jeffries was elevated from assistant to head coach of the New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers of the USISL. In his four seasons with the Gamblers, Jeffries compiled a 42-34 record.

In 1998, the expansion Chicago Fire of Major Soccer League hired Jeffries away from the Gamblers. He spent the next three seasons as an assistant coach to Bob Bradley, helping the team to the 1998 MLS championship and 1998 and 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles. The Dallas Burn announced the hiring of Jeffries as the team’s new head coach on January 23, 2001. He lasted two seasons before being fired on September 15, 2003, having compiled a 23-36-16 record (4-16-4 record in 2003) with the Burn.

After being fired by the Burn, Jeffries remained in Dallas and served as a volunteer coach with Southern Methodist University (SMU) during the 2004 NCAA season. In 2005, Jeffries was named head coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. In his first and only season he led the Crusaders to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and a final ranking of 23rd in the nation. He was also named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year. In 2006, Jeffries came back to Duke as the men’s soccer team Associate Head Coach. After Duke head coach John Rennie retired, he was not given the place as his successor at Duke and left his alma mater to return to the staff for the Fire as an assistant.

After leaving the Fire staff to serve as a scout for former boss Bob Bradley during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Jeffries returned to the Fire as director of player personnel. In January 2013, Jeffries was introduced as head coach of the Des Moines Menace, a USL Premier Development League club.[2]

Jeffries was hired as head coach for the USL Pro expansion club Charlotte Independence on December 5, 2014.[3]


Jeffries married Theresa Ann Tauer during his time with the Minnesota Strikers, and they had 3 children: Kaitlin 1993, Anthony (A.J.) 1995, and Nathan 1999.


  1. "Alumni News". Maccabi USA. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Independence Name Jeffries As Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 5, 2014. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
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