Mike Jeffries, a former standout soccer player at Duke, will return to his alma mater to accept the associate head coaching position with the men’s soccer team. Jeffries comes to Duke after spending the 2005 season as the Head Coach of the University of the Incarnate Word. He guided the Cardinals to a share of the Southwest Conference title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament, a 14-4-3 overall record and a 11-1-2 mark in the conference. Prior to coaching for Incarnate Word, Jeffries spent a year as a volunteer coach at Southern Methodist University. He entered the collegiate coaching ranks after coaching in the MLS from 1998-2003. He began as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire, coaching the goalkeepers. He guided Zach Thornton to the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award and helped the Fire win two US Open Championships. He then became the Head Coach of the Dallas Burn in 2001, leading the squad to the playoffs in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he was nominated for MLS Coach of the Year.