Michael Statum, Wake Tech’s new Head Soccer Coach, came to Wake Tech as a student in the fall of 2008, following a tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine. He served as a utility player for two years, mostly as an outside midfielder and striker, under Coach Godfrey Miller. At the beginning of the 2008 season he suffered a severe injury but continued to play, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists for the Eagles and helping the team reach the Region X Division I semi-finals. Statum has played every position but is most at home as a defensive midfielder, distributing the ball and controlling the pace of the game.
In 2010 Coach Statum assisted Coach Miller and Coach Paul Coleman to help Wake Tech finish 2nd in Region X Division I with a 13-4-2 season, just missing a trip to Nationals with a 2-1 loss to Spartanburg Methodist College (nationally-ranked 7th). In 2011 he assisted NC State standout Sam Owoh with the Wake Tech women’s soccer team.
Before coming to Wake Tech, Coach Statum played soccer at Rock Hill High School in South Carolina. He was JV team captain his freshman year and tapped to play varsity halfway through the season. In his junior year he was varsity co-captain, and he received the Bearcat Pride award for leading peers with the most passion for the team.
Coach Statum has helped many players move on to the next level of college play at either NAIA, NCAA D III, and NCAA D II schools.
Aside from coaching at Wake Tech, Coach Statum also coaches club soccer with the newly merged Nuese River Futbol Allience.
Coach Statum was an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he has served as an ammunition technician for almost 13 years until dropping to the Individual Ready Reserve in May of 2015. He enlisted shortly after 9/11 and has attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in Iraq in 2007-2008. Coach Statum recently returned to the Marine Reserves in July of this year in hopes to finish his 20 years of service. Coach Statum brings a wealth of knowledge about physical training, teamwork, and leadership.
Sons: David and Nathaniel