Technical Director

Will Thornton


Academy Director

Lars Richters



2023 Coaches

2011 - Shaun Gray

2010 - Lars Richters

2009 - Granit Caushaj

2008 - Will Thornton

2007 - Will Thornton

2006 / 2005 - Granit Caushaj


Full Professional MLS players

Jacob Peterson (Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC, Colorado Rapids)

Freddie Braun (Portland Timbers)

Colin Rolfe (Houston Dynamo)

Soony Saad (Sporting Kansas City)

Adam Bedell (Columbus Crew)

Mitch Hildebrandt (Atlanta United)

Josh Gatt (Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United)

Ken Krolicki (Montreal Impact)

Adam Grinwis (Orlando City)

Anton Sorenson (Philadelphia Union)

2017-2022 Full-time moves to MLS Academies:

2022 - Tristan Brown (Columbus Crew)

2022 - Anthony Alaouieh (Columbus Crew)

2022 - Mohamed Saad (Columbus Crew)

2022 - Tate Lampman (Houston Dynamo)

2022 - Vaughn DeRath (Columbus Crew)

2022 - Luke Spadafora (Columbus Crew)

2021 - Beau Barren (Sporting Kansas City)

2021 - Kamau Brame (Austin FC)

2021 - Zachary Kacic (FC Cincinnati)

2021 - Chinelo Robinson (Sporting Kansas City)

2021 - Naim Robinson (Sporting Kansas City

2020 - Stephen Belanger (Vancouver Whitecaps)

2020 - Grant Mateer (FC Cincinnati)

2020 - Jake Spadafora (Philadelphia Union)

2019 - Miles Foster (Columbus Crew)

2019 - Brennan Skrzyniak (Nashville FC)

2019 - Anton Sorenson (Philadelphia Union)

2018 - Alex Wenske (Columbus Crew)

2017 - Eric Conerty (Columbus Crew)

2017 - Logan Kowalczyk (Columbus Crew)

2017 - Nick Pariano (Philadelphia Union)

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was created in 2007 to bring together the top youth clubs in the country, to promote world-class standards, and to impact the daily environments of its members. The Wolves were inaugural members in that program and enjoyed a tremendous amount of success as a DA club. In 2020, the Michigan Wolves Academy was honored to be one of the founding members of the new MLS youth competition, which will serve as “the top destination for the best young players in North America.” According to Major League Soccer, “With a focus on maximizing each player’s potential, the new development platform will not only provide high-level, year-round competition for players, but will provide important programming, education and innovation in the key areas of player development.” For more information, visit



The Michigan Wolves are inaugural members of the Development Academy, which originated in 2007.  By the following year, both our U16 and U18 teams were ranked #1 in the country, and our U16's were crowned National Champions in 2009.

Since the beginning of the Development Academy, the Wolves have been proud to help 9 players on their path to Major League Soccer rosters, several others to professional clubs abroad, and numerous individuals to Youth National Team appearances. In 2012 and 2013, the club was honored when Wolves alum Josh Gatt earned 2 caps with the full US Men’s National team as he competed in matches against Russia and Canada. Our individual players are regularly selected to attend US Soccer Training Centers and have often been recognized by US Soccer on postseason Conference Best XI lists

In 2020 the Michigan Wolves joined the MLS NEXT which is a new paradigm for player development.  A platform that will transform the way players learn and grow.


The Wolves MLS NEXT Academy creates a culture of excellence and respect, and the leadership fosters a “family” atmosphere among the staff, the players, and the families. We ask that MLS NEXT coaches represent the club in an exemplary manner and exert a positive influence on the staff as a whole.

With the extra attention afforded to MLS NEXT Academy players, the club intends to help individuals reach their potential and to prepare them for their next steps as players. To that end, coaches and players regularly collaborate on individual development plans that are tailored to personal growth.

Finally, we expect our Michigan Wolves MLS NEXT Academy teams to promote the club’s style of play and to demonstrate a high level of integrity while competing among the top youth soccer clubs in the country.

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