Director of Coaching
Michael was born and raised in the North East of England, spending most of his childhood in Redcar. As a youth player, he signed with Middlesbrough FC’s famous youth academy and played with the club from the ages of 9 to 17. He then spent 4 years playing semi-professional in the UK while continuing his education. While studying for his BSC in Sports Science at Liverpool’s John Moores University, he was recruited to play soccer at Hofstra University.
Michael became one of the key players at Hofstra during a very successful period for the men’s soccer team, compiling 41 goals and 21 assists over his 4-year career. He helped lead the team to their first Colonial Athletic Association Championship and NCAA appearance in 2004. They went on to repeat this success in 2005 & 2006. At the completion of his Hofstra career, Michael finished second all time in goals, assists, and points. He received many individual accolades, most notably 2nd Team NSCAA All-American (2006) and NSCAA Academic All American (2005,2006). He graduated Hofstra with a BS in Exercise Science and Minor in Community Health. In 2010, Hofstra University retired his jersey number in honor of his achievements.
Michael was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards and eventually signed his first professional contract with the Charleston Battery of the USL. During his first season, he helped Charleston reach the semi-finals of the US Open Cup. He then moved to the Baltimore Blast and spent a season playing in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He helped Baltimore win the MISL Championship in 2007, where the supporters of the Blast named him rookie of the year.
In 2008, Michael returned to Long Island to pursue his coaching career with NOGA. He has spent much of his time developing Long Island’s newest soccer club, Locust Valley Bayville SC. He is also involved with the Long Island Rough Riders Men’s Team. Michael currently holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is the Director of Coaching at Locust Valley Bayville Soccer Club.
Peter Hulse, a Manchester native, has over 14 years experience coaching soccer in the Tri-State Area. Over the years in New York, Peter has coached every level from U4 Soccer Tots Programs to the U18s United States Soccer Development Academy and NCAA College Soccer Programs. Some of Hulse’s most recent coaching experience includes the Long Island United Academy, New York Olympic Development Program, and the Long Island Rough Riders. Peter is presently the Head Coach of the U18 Metropolitan Oval Development Academy in the US Soccer Academy Program. He is also currently in his fourth season as Assistant Coach for the LIU CW Post Pioneers. In the four years Peter has coached the team, the Soccer Program has been transformed into a National Powerhouse, ranking in the top 25 over the duration of the last two seasons. The team has improved year after year, winning 3 Conference Regular Season and Tournament titles along the way. As well as finishing off the 2011 season ranked NCAA DII 12th in the country.
The Manchester, England native enjoyed a fine playing career. Peter played for the Manchester United F.C. Centre of Excellence Youth Teams for eight years and was also capped for the England ISFA Under 16 and Under 19 teams. He represented the University of Leeds in England for a year, before transferring to Hofstra University. While at Hofstra, Hulse served as team captain for three years, graduating in 2004 with a BA Degree in English and American Literature. Peter currently holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.