Technical Staff Announce for 2018 Combine
The Midwest Pro Soccer Combine is pleased to announce its Technical Staff for 2018. Each team at the combine will be coached by one of Michigan’s elite coaches. Leading the combine teams will be Chad Wiseman (Western Michigan University), Nick Deren (University of Detroit), Eric Nichols (Bowling Green State University) and Cale Wassermann (Michigan State University).
Combine Director Eric Rudland added, “The technical staff we have joining us is exceptional. They will provide great insight to the players we have coming in and we are grateful for them taking time to be a part of the Midwest Pro Soccer Combine."
Wasserman recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Michigan State Men’s soccer program, where they advanced to the 2018 College Cup final four.
Prior to MSU, Wasserman served as Saginaw Valley State University’s head coach for four seasons. In 2014, SVSU reached the Division II NCAA Tournament Round of 16, ending the season with a 14-5-2 record. In 2012, Wassermann led the Cardinals to the NCAA Division II National Championship match, setting school records in wins (18).
Eric Nichols recently completed his ninth season at the helm of the BGSU men's soccer program. Since being named the Falcons' mentor on Feb. 17, 2009, Nichols has built not just a winning team, but a successful program both on and off the pitch.
In his first nine seasons with the Falcons, Nichols has changed the culture of the program, showing steady improvement each season. He was named both the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year and the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) Ohio Coach of the Year in 2016.
Wiseman has served as the Men’s Head Coach at Western Michigan University for six years, coming off the most successful season in school history. In 2017, Wiseman led the Broncos to their first MAC title for the program in addition to advancing to the Sweet 16 in the College Cup, finishing the season at 17-4-1. That season, Wiseman and staff were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches as the Great Lakes Region staff of the year.
Academically, Western Michigan has been one of the nation’s leaders year in and year out. For five consecutive years, Western Michigan carried a top 5 team GPAs among all Division I men’s soccer programs.
Deren has served as the Men’s Head Coach at the University of Detroit for nine years, which has seen him capture the Horizon League regular season championship and advance to Horizon League Tournament two times.
Along with the program’s success Deren developed Adam Bedell who was the program’s first player to ever be drafted in the MLS Draft and was signed by the Columbus Crew. Deren won a National Championship as the head coach of the 1995 Boys ODP team while also leading guiding the squad to a regional championship.