Burns out as Michigan men's soccer coach


A season ago, Steve Burns was leading the Michigan men's soccer team to a Big Ten tournament title and the national semifinals in the men's College Cup.

On Wednesday, Burns resigned after finishing his 12th season with a 5-14-1 record.

"As a Michigan alum, I'm proud of everything we've been able to accomplish within the soccer program," Burns said in a statement. "I will forever cherish the relationships that I have developed over the past 12 years with players, assistant coaches, support staff and fellow coaches within the department. However, it's time for a new direction in my life and leadership for Michigan soccer."

Burns was the only coach in the history of the Michigan men's soccer program as a varsity sport, beginning in 1999. He also led the Wolverines' club team before the program was moved to varsity status, winning club national titles in 1997 and 1998.

He finished his Michigan career with a 122-98-22 record.