January 14, 2013

Detroit City Football Club announced today that its coaching search has ended as it has agreed to terms with Head Coach Ben Pirmann and Assistant Coach Adil Salmoni.

Coach Pirmann currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Michigan State University Men’s Soccer Team, where he works hand-in-hand with first year DCFC Coach Kylie Stannard.  While at MSU, Coach Pirmann has demonstrated considerable recruiting talents, recently helping the program acquire the #8 ranked recruiting class in the nation for the 2012 season. 

Prior to joining the Spartan staff, Coach Pirmann was an assistant coach at Western Michigan University, where in 2010, he helped lead the Broncos to the conference tournament championship game, finishing the year ranked #10 in the Great Lakes Region. 

Coach Pirmann played varsity soccer at MSU, where he won two Big Ten Tournament Championships, one Regular Season Big Ten Championship, and was named to the Academic All Big Ten Team on three separate occasions. 

“We feel extremely fortunate to have Ben at the helm," Director of Soccer Operations David Dwaihy said. "Since our first conversation, he has demonstrated a remarkable level of professionalism and a genuine interest in joining our mission to bring high-level soccer to the city of Detroit.  His resume speaks for itself, and we are delighted to announce this appointment.”

Coach Pirmann has already begun his recruiting efforts and is ready for the season to start. “I am very excited to continue to pursue the excellence that Coach Stannard and Coach Wassermann have already provided to this team.  I look forward to getting the ball rolling very soon and working with such a great group of players. Detroit City FC is a well run club with an unparalleled fan base.  I am thrilled to be a part of it.”  

Coach Salmoni brings considerable coaching experience and deep connections to soccer in Southeast Michigan.  Having served as a staff coach for the U-20 Women’s National Team in 2012, Salmoni currently coaches for the Michigan Wolves/Hawks as well as the Girls’ ODP Region II team.  

A long-standing resident of Southwest Detroit with a lifelong passion for the game, he is a perfect fit for the organization.  “We are so fortunate to have Adil on board.  He is a brilliant tactician with a keen eye for talent and a long record of success.  We couldn’t be happier that he will be teaming up with Ben for the 2013 season,” Dwaihy said.

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