Houston native Michelle Berei is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Lamar women's soccer program.
In her role with the Cardinals, she will assist with all aspects of the program, including on-field coaching, game and practice preparation, recruiting and ordering equipment. She also was co-director of the Lamar Soccer Academy in late July-early August.
Berei (pronounced: Barry) spent the 2007 season at Wisconsin-Green Bay where she was the top assistant for the women's program.
While with the Phoenix, she coached a pair of players in senior midfielder Lotte Rasmussen and freshman midfielder Laura Hayward to second team all-Horizon League honors. Hayward also gained all-newcomer team plaudits, while classmate Chelsea Lyons also was named to the all-newcomer squad.
Sophomore Amanda Stinson earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V first team accolades and was joined on the Horizon League All-Academic team by Rasmussen. The 2007 UWGB squad also received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award.
Berei was also on the coaching staff at Bay Port High School in Green Bay and led the girls team to a 19-2-4 record and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Association Division I state semifinals in spring of 2008. The Lady Pirates captured the conference and regional titles en route to the best season in school history.
Berei served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota, where she aided the Sioux in posting a 22-13-3 record from 2005-06. Berei earned her Masters' degree in education in May of 2007.
She holds a United States Soccer Federation 'C' license, while recently obtaining an NSCAA Advanced Regional Coaching Diploma and an NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
Berei has gained coaching experience over the past four years, serving as a youth, high school and camp soccer coach. She was an assistant varsity coach at Virginia High School in Bristol, Va., in 2005 and also was the boys' junior varsity coach at Abingdon (Va.) High School.
Berei graduated from Virginia Intermont College (Bristol, Va.) in 2005 with a degree in physical education. As a four-year starter with the Cobras, she was a two-time team captain and led the team to the NAIA regional tournament in 2004 and 2005. She was the first four-year letterwinner to graduate from VIC, which began sponsoring women's soccer in 2000.
She was born in Houston before moving to Tennessee where she graduated from Loudon County HS, just west of Knoxville.