Needham Resigns As Women's Soccer Head Coach

Needham Resigns As Women's Soccer Head Coach

KINGSTON, R.I. — Michael Needham has resigned from his position as women's soccer head coach at Rhode Island in order to accept an assistant coaching position at Ohio State.

"We thank Michael for his six years of service and wish him and his family - Christy, Riley and Max -  all the best as they embark on a new endeavor," said Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics. "We will begin a national search for his replacement shortly."

Needham compiled a 45-58-11 overall record at Rhode Island, including a 14-35-5 mark in Atlantic 10 play. This past season, he helped guide the Rams to a 6-8-5 record (3-4-3 A-10) while earning the #8 seed in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Tournament. In 2014, Rhode Island qualified for its first A-10 Tournament since 2006 after finishing with 12-5-2 (4-3-1 A-10).

"I would like to thank AD Thorr Bjorn, our sport administrator Vinny Turco and everyone at the University of Rhode Island for the opportunity to be the women's soccer coach for the last six years.  It has been a truly special experience to work with every student-athlete in the soccer program," Needham said. "I also would like to thank our fans and the Rhode Island community for their support, which has helped provide our student-athletes with a first-class experience."

A 1996 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Needham became the seventh head coach in the history of the URI women's soccer program on Jan. 14, 2011.  Prior to arriving in Kingston, he served a two-year stint as head coach at New Mexico State, where he oversaw the start of the Aggies women's soccer program.