University of New Mexico men’s soccer has promoted former Lobo goalkeeper and decorated student-athlete Mike Graczyk to associate head coach for 2017, his fifth season on the staff.
“Mike Graczyk is what Lobo Soccer is all about,” head coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “He is a local kid, a Lobo and now a leader of our young men. Mike had an incredible career as a Lobo and has continued his standard of excellence as a coach at Harvard, Stanford and now at UNM. I am excited for Mike and am proud to name him as our associate head coach.”
Graczyk was a standout at UNM from 2004-07 and helped lead the Lobos to the NCAA Finals in 2005, marking the most successful season in program history to date. He saw action in 66 games as a Lobo and finished with a program-record 30 shutouts and a 0.68 goals against average (second in program history). He registered three of the top 10 goals against averages in Lobo history and ranks second in career wins with 44.
Following his outstanding career at UNM, Graczyk was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the 2008 MLS Superdraft. He spent time with the Rapids, FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes prior to entering the coaching ranks. Graczyk spent three seasons as a member of the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff before returning to UNM.
“First and foremost, Mike is a wonderful man, husband and role model,” Fishbein said. “He walks the walk, talks the talk and has quickly developed into one of the top young coaches in the country. I could not be more happy to promote him to associate head coach and I am excited for this season.”
The Lobos kick off the 2017 season with an exhibition match on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. against Air Force at the UNM Soccer Complex. UNM enters the season coming off of its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 16 seasons.