Michael Friesen
Michael Friesen
Position: Associate Head Coach
Michael Friesen is in his fifth season with the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program. His responsibilities include on the field coaching, with a primary emphasis on offense, recruiting, community outreach, clinics, camps, academics, summer fitness and team bonding.

From an offensive point of view, he is doing something right. The 2002 Gauchos scored 57 goals as a team, the most they have tallied in more than a decade.

While Friesen is in his fifth season at UCSB, he has had a great deal of experience coaching at a variety of other levels. He has coached several teams in Santa Rosa United, a club in Sonoma County. He guided the Santa Rosa United Aftershocks to the 1999 under-19 girls California State Cup Championship. Friesen began coaching at the club level in 1996. In 1997, he guided Ursuline (Santa Rosa) High School girl's team to the CIF North Coast Section championship game.

A 1995 graduate of Sonoma State University, Friesen received his degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics. After his internship during his senior year, Friesen continued for a year in the lab at NASA in Mountain View, Calif. As a player, Friesen played two years at Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego, before transferring to Sonoma State. At Sonoma State, he was a member of the NCAA Division II quarterfinalist in 1993. Friesen was the second-leading scorer in Northern California Athletic Conference his senior year.

After graduation, Friesen played with the North Bay Breakers of the USISL. In their final year of existence, the Breakers reached the regional finals. For the next several seasons he played for Juventus in the California Premier Soccer Alliance before signing with the Greek Americans. The Greek Americans Soccer Club, based in San Francisco, won two U.S. Open Cup Championships in the 1990s.

Friesen and his wife Jamie were married in June 2001. They are expecting a son (Cole Jayme) in October. Jamie is the head women's basketball coach at Santa Barbara City College. In the spring of 2002, the Friesens spent two weeks traveling through Europe and they particularly enjoyed London, where they took in an FA Cup quarterfinal match at Arsenal FC. In addition, they spent time on the beach at Normandy and in Paris and Amsterdam.

The Friesen's, along with Gaucho women's basketball assistant coach Cori Close, helped start the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at UCSB. FCA has been a great place for athletes from all of the sports to get together with a common interest. In his spare time, Friesen enjoys joining head coach Paul Stumpf on the golf course and in the water on their surf boards.