During Coach Mike Getman’s career as the Head Coach at UAB (1992-2018), he has been named Conference “Coach of the Year” 3 times, with the additional honor of Conference USA “Coach of the Decade”.
The Blazers were ranked in the National top 25 in 18 of the last 22 years and made 8 trips to the NCAA tournament, including 2011, 2012 & 2014. UAB finished 2014 ranked #21 in the Nation. UAB also hosted the College Cup (National Championship) in 2011 and 2012. The Blazers have also had many players receive national recognition. In fact UAB has had more players receive All-Conference USA honors than any other team. See the List of Getman Players in the Pros. Under Coach Getman, UAB Soccer went from an unknown soccer program to a National Contender.
Through the years, Coach Getman has seen many of his players join the ranks of professional soccer teams. (52 players have been drafted or have played professional soccer.) Many of UAB’s current players chose to come to UAB after getting to know the program through the Mike Getman Soccer Camps. Getting high-level training can make the difference for those high school players who hope to play college soccer.
“It was the summer of 1992 when a young, quiet, and focused Indiana native named Mike Getman arrived on the campus of UAB with the unenviable task of turning UAB’s soccer program into a winner. That September…a new era began not only for UAB soccer but for the sport as a whole in Birmingham.” – PORTICO Magazine
“When Mike Getman arrived in Birmingham… it was merely a question of time before the Blazers would be thrust into the national spotlight.” – The New York Times
“…Coach Mike Getman has turned around the program at the University of Alabama Birmingham, where the Blazers are making a run at the NCAA tournament.” – Soccer America
Harvard and The Final Four
Before coming to UAB, Mike Getman led his Harvard Univ. team to the NCAA “Final Four”. A program that had not won the Ivy League title in 17 years, did so in Getman’s first season. The team finished the year undefeated, losing only in the National Semifinal in penalty kicks. At the age of 28, Mike Getman was the youngest coach in NCAA history to lead his team to the Division I “Final Four”. Coach Getman has coached or played in four NCAA Division I Final Fours.
College and Professional Career
Before starting his coaching career, Mike Getman played professionally as a defender for the Detroit Express. He was named the team’s “Rookie of the Year” in 1982 as he helped the Express win the ASL Championship. In college he played for Indiana University, twice finishing as the NCAA runner-up.