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Michael Bruce
Head Coach - 5th Season
Alma Mater: Montreat College

Michael Bruce becomes the Head Coach after joining the coaching staff at his alma mater as assistant coach following his graduation in May 2013 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in sports management. Bruce also holds NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 2 Diploma.


Prior to coming to the States, Bruce moved up through the ranks at Alloa Athletic Football Club, in the Scottish 2nd division, before signing his first professional contract for the 2007-2008 season, spending one year with the first team squad.


Bruce made nine starting appearances for the Cavaliers in 2010 before injuries cut his career short. In his lone season in a Cavalier uniform, the East Kilbride, Scotland, native allowed just 1.02 goals against, ranking him 41st in the NAIA.


Prior to Montreat, Bruce played two seasons at Shorter (Ga.) where he won 1 SSAC Regular Season Conference Championship and appeared in 19 career matches for the Hawks.


Bruce lives in Black Mountain with his wife Elizabeth.

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Joao Ehlers
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Ohio State

Montreat College men's soccer is proud to announce the addition of assistant coach Joao Ehlers.  Joao is from Caxias do Sul, Brazil and he's a graduate of Ohio State University.  He played his final two seasons at OSU and was awarded Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (2014), The OSU Athlete of the Week (2014), Academic All-Big Ten Conference Team (2015) and OSU Scholar Athlete (2015).  Joao's OSU program also won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2015.

Prior to his time at OSU, Joao was a Dean's List student (2013) and two-time 2nd Team All-MSC at University of the Cumberlands.

Joao played within the Premier Development League (PDL) and was named Honorable Mention while playing for VSI Tampa Bay in 2013.  Prior to moving to the US, Joao played at a very competitive level with both Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Academy and Esporte Clube Juventude Academy.

Joao most recently served as Technical Staff Intern at Columbus Crew SC and worked as an assistant coach for the U-23, U-18, U-16 and U-14 teams.

Joao had this to say about joining the Montreat College men's soccer staff: "I bring to Montreat College's soccer program my experience playing academy soccer in Brazil, high level collegiate soccer, and semi-pro soccer in the United States. I hope to share these experiences with the guys to help them reach excellence on the field and in the classroom as well."

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