Mike Freitag

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Mike Freitag
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-05-05) May 5, 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1976–1979 Indiana Hoosiers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980 San Diego Sockers 0 (0)
1980–1982 Denver Avalanche (indoor) 32 (0)
Teams managed
U.S. U-17 (assistant)
1993–2003 Indiana Hoosiers (assistant)
2004–2009 Indiana Hoosiers
2011 Denver Pioneers (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mike Freitag is a retired American soccer defender who played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He served six seasons as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer team.



Freitag graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He then attended Indiana University where he played on the men's soccer team from 1976 to 1979. He was a 1979 First Team All American.[1] He graduated with bachelor's degree in physical education and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Indiana in 1986.


In 1980, Freitag signed with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League, but played no first team games. That fall, he moved to the Denver Avalanche of the Major Indoor Soccer League.


After retiring from professional soccer in 1982, Freitag remained in Colorado where he coached at the youth level. He was a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Committee from 1990–91. He also spent time as the head coach of both the Colorado State Olympic Development Program (1987) and the Region IV Olympic Development Program (1989–90) .

In 1993, Freitag returned to Indiana University to become an assistant coach with the men's soccer team. In 2004, he replaced Jerry Yeagley as head coach and promptly took the team to the 2004 Division I Men's College Cup championship. He was named the 2006 and 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year. After the Hoosiers lost 10 games in 2009, the university announced on December 2, 2009 that they would not renew Freitag's contract.[2] In his six seasons as head coach, Frietag compiled a 86–32–19 record. Freitag spent a total of 24 years at Indiana as a player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and head coach and was involved in five of Indiana's seven national championships.

In June 2011, Freitag was added to the University of Denver men's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach.[3]


  1. ^ Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "Awards". www.nscaa.com. 
  2. ^ "Indiana Not To Renew Contract of Coach Mike Freitag". 
  3. ^ "Denver Men's Soccer Adds Freitag to Staff". 

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