Aaron Byrd Named New Head Coach

Motor City Football Club (MCFC), a Michigan’s premier women’s soccer team, has named Aaron Byrd a new Head Coach for the 2016 season.

Byrd served as assistant to former Head Coach Skip Mukhtar and will take over the top coach’s position following Mukhtar’s departure.

With Aaron’s guidance, the Motor City Football Club finished the 2015 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season with record of nine wins and one loss, dominating the WPSL Midwest – Great Lakes Region and earning a spot in the MPSL Regional Playoffs.

“We thank Skip for his contributions in bringing success to the club, and we are ecstatic to have Aaron Byrd as the new MCFC head coach,” said Shereef Akeel, President, Dearborn Sports Enterprise, the organization that owns the Motor City Football Club . “Aaron will continue to bring wealth of information regarding the sport of soccer. Girls and boys, young and old constantly seek his advice, guidance and training to better their game. We could not think of a better fit for the fans, the community and the team.”

“I am very happy to have Aaron as our Head Coach,” said Dr. Ned Fawaz, CEO of the Dearborn Sports Enterprise. “The Motor City Football Club and Aaron are proven winners. With his great resume and history with the MCFC, we look forward to continued success in 2016 and beyond.”

Aaron is the founder of Next Level Training (NLT), officially formed in 2009 with facilities in Bloomfield Hills MI, and Plymouth MI. NLT is a premier technical training company that focuses on all aspects of technical development for athletes of all ages and skill levels. We provide a fun, energetic and challenging training environment that facilitates development. He has trained more than 150 college players and 15 women that are listed in the national pool.

“I’m honored and excited to be a part of such a quality organization,” said Byrd. “The talent of the girls will be extremely high and the support from the management and owners has been remarkable. I can’t wait for people to see all the talented girls we have here and the beautiful brand of soccer we will play.”

Aaron’s distinguished and successful soccer career started at Vardar 81 where he was captain of a team that made back-to-back National Tournament appearances. That was followed by four-years as a starter for Division 1 University of Detroit Mercy where he ranks as the university’s all-time top 10 in career goals, assists, points and games played.

After college Aaron went on to play professional indoor soccer for the Windsor Border Stars and the Waza Flo Indoor Team. While playing with the Windsor Border Stars, Aaron earned the Rookie of the Year Runner Up award in 2004. He won the Golden Boot as the league’s leading scorer in 2007 and was presented with the WESPY (Windsor’s version of the ESPY) for the Top Male Athlete in 2007. Aaron is the all-time leader in Windsor Border Stars history in goals, points and assists.

During his five-year stint with Waza, the team won one National Championship and made two additional National Final appearances.