SVSU men’s soccer coach Andy Wagstaff resigned Tuesday, Jan. 29, ending a four-year tenure at the helm of a GLIAC powerhouse. He is stepping away to pursue other opportunities.
“My time with the players and staff at Saginaw Valley State University is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Wagstaff stated in an SVSU Athletics press release. “We created a strong culture that was about trust, team first and passion with everything that we did day in and day out. The byproduct of the culture we created was success on and off the field.”
During his time at SVSU, Wagstaff compiled a record of 54-16-10, which included two GLIAC regular season championships and three playoff victories. He was named GLIAC Coach of the Year in three consecutive seasons from 2015-2017 and led the Cardinals to the Round of 16 in the 2018 NCAA Playoffs.
“We are grateful to have had Andy as the leader of our men’s soccer program these past four years,” SVSU Athletic Director John Decker stated in the press release. “His devotion to his growing family was a significant factor in his decision, which we certainly respect.”
According to the press release, a national search for SVSU’s next men’s soccer coach will begin immediately. The release stated that current assistant coach Louis Barrow will be joined by two assistants from the women’s team, Tyler Channell and James DeCosemo, to handle the team’s operations. Both former players, Barrow played for Wagstaff in 2015 and 2016, and Channell was named Midwest Player of the Year for Division II in 2015, Wagstaff’s first season at SVSU.
Wagstaff wished the players and the program the best of luck going forward.
“These young men are champions in every way and I will miss them very much,” he stated in the press release. “I would like to thank SVSU for allowing me the opportunity to lead this great program the past four years and I wish nothing but the best moving forward.”
Reporting by Connor Doyle, Vanguard reporter