The Charlotte Eagles (a division of Missionary Athletes International) are proud to announce that Garrett Bireline has been named Technical Director and USL2 (formerly PDL) head coach, effective November 2018. Bireline replaces interim coach Luke Hellmuth, who will remain with the Eagles organization serving as a coach in the soccer club and overseeing the residency program. “We are excited to have Garrett Bireline join our staff as our USL2 head coach and the Technical Director for our club. We believe that these two positions work hand-in-hand with providing vision not just for one of our top teams, but also our club as a whole. I am extremely thankful for Luke Hellmuth, who served at Interim Head Coach last season. His hard work, leadership and high level of coaching was a huge blessing to our ministry and team”, says Mike Freace, Director of the Charlotte Eagles. “This is an extremely important hire for our organization. Our goal is to provide a common experience for each of our players from the academy level up to our top USL2 and WPSL teams. We are excited to have someone who is passionate about the role that soccer can play in transforming people’s lives both lead and grow with our organization as we look to maintain our excellence in USL2 and grow as a soccer club in the Charlotte area.”
Bireline comes to the Eagles with an array of experience at the collegiate and club levels. Bireline started his coaching career with the Chicago Eagles, coaching their U-23 mens team while still in college. At the collegiate level, Bireline served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College, helping them win two conference championships while attending the national tournament in 2012 and 2013. Following his time at Wheaton, Bireline served as the first assistant coach at IUPUI where he was involved in overall growth of the program and responsible for day-to-day operations and recruiting. For the past three years, Bireline has served as head coach at Southern Wesleyan University where he helped transition the university from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. His teams earned two NCCAA National Tournament bids during his tenure. Garrett’s club experience includes stints at the Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club and St. Francis soccer club where he gained experience as both a coach and Assistant Director of Technical Development.
When asked about the opportunity, Bireline offered “I would like to thank Mike Freace, David Sanford, and David Urban for extending this tremendous opportunity. I certainly believe God has been leading me into this role at unique time for a unique purpose. As a young man, my life was dramatically changed because of MAI’s mission, vision, and application through the Chicago office.” In his role as Technical Director, Bireline will work with the coaching staff to develop a common philosophy of ministry and soccer that weave their way through the entire club. As USL2 head coach, he will focus on providing the greatest soccer ministry experience for collegiate players in the nation. The common thread in his roles is providing an experience characterized by excellence in soccer and an intentional approach to developing individuals spiritually. “I look forward to leading the club, coaches, and USL2 side in a manner that humbly reflects and exceeds the standard of excellence the Charlotte Eagles organization has long been known for.”
Bireline completed his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in 2011 after a four-year career with the Falcons. He later completed a master's degree in Sports Management from Liberty University in 2014. Garrett and his wife Amanda have been married for 7 years. They served with the Chicago Eagles as a couple from 2011-2013. Please join with us in welcoming Coach Bireline.