A day after Lansing United announced that coach and general manager Eric Rudland has resigned from both positions, Rudland told the State Journal Thursday that he will be heading to AFC Ann Arbor as the coach and sporting director.
AFC Ann Arbor is a minor league soccer club that compete in the Great Lakes Premier League.
“(It’s) a move that makes sense for my family and I,” Rudland, who lives in Ann Arbor, told the State Journal. “AFC will be entering its second season and has good momentum. Hopefully, we can build a competitive side and grow the club, similar to what we were able to do with Lansing United.”
After two seasons with the National Premier Soccer League club, Rudland posted a record of 16-6-6 and helped the Lansing side capture a Great Lakes West division title and Midwest Region championship in 2014.
United advanced to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2015, but missed the league playoffs after struggling during the second half of the season.
“The ride with Lansing United the past two years has been outstanding,” Rudland said in Wednesday’s press release. “Thank you to the Greater Lansing soccer community for getting behind our efforts, the players who competed for the club and the Sons of Ransom, who passionately sang for us.
“I’m grateful to the Sampson family for entrusting the soccer side of Lansing United to me. Their support of my family and I has been second to none.”
Lansing United owner Jeremy Sampson says the search for Rudland’s replacement will begin immediately.
“While we are disappointed to see Eric leave the club, we want to thank him for his two seasons of service,” Sampson said.
Note: This story has been updated to add Rudland’s new destination as well as a quote on the change.
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