MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC has named Ben Pirmann an assistant coach heading into its inaugural United Soccer League season in 2019, Sporting Director Andrew Bell and head coach Tim Mulqueen announced Thursday.
Pirmann arrives in The Bluff City after spending six seasons as the head coach of Detroit City FC in the National Premier Soccer League and eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan State University.
“Ben is a very good young coach and will be a valuable asset to our Club as we continue to build towards the start of the USL Championship season,” Bell said.
“Ben is an exceptional coach who has a vast knowledge of the game,” Mulqueen stated. “He is a great teacher of the game who has developed many collegiate stars, as well as NPSL and USL players. Ben’s work ethic will fit in perfectly with the Memphis 901 FC culture.”
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Memphis 901 FC family,” Pirmann said. “I am humbled to be an addition to such an experienced and proven technical staff with Sporting Director Andrew Bell and Head Coach Tim Mulqueen.
“I hope I am able to provide the same blue-collar approach that the people of The Bluff City bring each and every day, and I cannot wait to help this tremendous Club achieve the highest of successes in the USL Championship.”
As head coach of DCFC, which boasts one of the largest fan bases in all of North America, Pirmann went 49-17-17, won a regular season title in 2013 and a Midwest Region championship in 2017, and helmed the club to three playoff appearances and two runs in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. His club took USL foe Louisville City FC to penalty kicks and then-USL side FC Cincinnati to extra time in the second round in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
At Michigan State, Pirmann and the Spartans reached the Elite Eight four times in six seasons from 2013-18, one of just two programs in the nation to do so, and appeared in the 2018 College Cup as one of the final four teams in the nation left playing. Pirmann was named the National Top Assistant Coach by College Soccer News in both 2016 and 2017.