BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Head Soccer Coach Jim Stone has announced the hiring of Michael Korman as assistant coach.
“With goalkeeping as an area of expertise, Mike fills an area of need on the field,” said Stone. “But in addition to his coaching ability, Mike is a high-energy person that has the drive to get on the road, work hard and recruit. He brings an engaging and inviting personality that I think will allow him to build relationships with club coaches, families and prospective student-athletes.”
Stone added, “He also lines up with what we are about from a value and character standpoint. He is a person who will care about the players on our roster and understand the big picture of what being a student-athletes is all about.”
Korman’s most recent soccer involvement comes from his time with Sport Contact USA, a collegiate soccer-specific recruiting service, where he was an evaluator. During his time at Sport Contact USA, Korman traveled around the country evaluating players and worked to help parents and players understand the steps needed to play soccer at the collegiate level.
Korman spent 2014 to 2017 as the assistant men’s soccer coach/goalkeeper coach at Saint Joseph’s College, a private, NCAA Division II, liberal art’s college in Rensselaer, Ind. While at St. Joe’s, he was responsible for the development of recruiting plans throughout the Midwest and internationally, off-season and summer strength and conditioning programs and goalie training programs, while managing team logistics and equipment. He also implemented an academic program for members of the team to maintain a 3.0 GPA and assisted in philanthropy projects. In addition, Korman also served as SJC’s head coach for a portion of the 2014 season.
Korman started his collegiate coaching career in Decatur, Ill., at Division III Millikin University in 2012. As an assistant coach for the men’s program he assistant in the recruitment and retention of players, trained the goalkeepers on a daily basis, was responsible for analyzing game film, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes and the management of team logistics and equipment inventory. During his three-year stay, the Big Blue nearly doubled their win total to 9-8-1 in 2014—the program’s first winning campaign in six seasons.
As a student-athlete, Korman was a NCAA Division II goalkeeper at Saint Joseph’s from 2007-2012.
Korman earned a degree in sport management from Saint Joseph’s in 2012 and the United State Soccer Coaches member since 2013 possesses a National Diploma and Goalkeeper I Diploma.
“I think that anytime you have a new staff member, recruiting class or athletic trainer, they bring a different personality, energy and way of thinking that may be new and challenging.” Stone added, “We’ve lost some really talented people but their successful traits and ideas will remain engrained in the program. When we add new concepts and traits we have a chance for progression and growth. We are always looking forward and are excited to have Coach Korman part of our journey.”
Korman replaces Ryszard Gorski, who left the program after two seasons to become Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Northern State University.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).