Jan. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lion standout Michael Erush joins the LMU men's soccer coaching staff as an assistant to Head Coach Paul Krumpe, the Lions announced today. The 2003 LMU graduate was a four-time All-WCC selection, and played professionally for several years following his Lion career.
Erush is a LMU graduate and a four-year letter winner with the Lions. His final season was 2003, and he graduated a semester early in December 2003 with a degree in Business Management. He will be the first Lion to play and work under current LMU Head Coach Paul Krumpe.
"Michael Erush was instrumental in bringing LMU to its current level of prominence as a player. I look forward to him adding to this legacy as a member of our coaching staff. We could not be more pleased in adding a person of his ability and character to work with our student athletes," Krumpe said about the Lion standout.
His LMU playing career was filled with success. While at LMU, he served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons for the Lions. In Erush's final three years at LMU, the Lions advanced to the NCAA tournament. During his senior campaign, Erush helped the team to a #13 seed in the 2003 College Cup. Erush was named All-WCC Second Team in 2000, 2001, 2002, and was named First Team in 2003. He was a First Team 2003 NSCAA All Far West Selection and was named 2003 First Team All-America by the Jewish Review.
"I want to thank LMU and the Athletic Department for my first coaching opportunity. I am very happy to join the LMU Soccer Family and look forward to contributing to many successful victories and championships. It has been a great experience playing professionally, but now I get a chance to stay around the game I love and help student-athletes achieve many goals on and off the field," Erush said.
In addition to a stellar collegiate resume, Erush has a wide variety of professional experience. Erush became only the third Lion in program history to join the MLS as he played for the Colorado Rapids in 2004 and Chivas USA in 2005. He spent the majority of 2006 with Miami FC of the USL's First Division along with Brazilian legend Romario. He also has international playing experience as he spent time with Hapoel Ashkelon F.C. in the Israel Second Division, Lombard Papa of Hungary's First Division, and most recently he played for Olimpia Balti in Moldova's First Division.
A native of Van Nuys, California, Erush spent extensive time with both the United States U-16 and U-18 National teams. He also represented the United States as a member of 2005 Maccabiah Games team that traveled to Israel for the 17th Maccabiah Games. A 2000 NSCAA High School All-America selection from Birmingham High School, Erush was honored as the 1999 LA Times and Daily Breeze Player of the Year.
He is currently holds his USSF National "C" License and resides in Hollywood, California.
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