Lansing United announced today that the club has accepted the resignation of Head Coach/GM Eric Rudland, effective immediately.
“While we are disappointed to see Eric leave the club we want to thank him for his two seasons of service,” said Jeremy Sampson, Lansing United President/CEO. “Our search for a new coach will begin immediately. We are looking for an individual who embodies the ‘Pride, Passion and Unity’ that our club stands for.”
“The ride with Lansing United the past two years has been outstanding,” Rudland said. “Thank you to the greater Lansing soccer community for getting behind our efforts, the players who competed for the club and the Sons of Ransom who passionately sang for us. I’m grateful to the Sampson family for entrusting the soccer side of Lansing United to me. Their support of my family and I has been second to none. During the off season another opportunity has presented itself that makes more sense for my family and I. Stepping down from my role with LanU is not a decision that was taken lightly due to the relationships that have been built with staff, players and countless supporters.”
Rudland steps down after two seasons at the helm in Lansing, where he finished with a coaching record of 16-6-6. In 2014, he led United to the NPSL’s Great Lakes West division title and the Midwest Region championship in the club’s inaugural season. Last season, United advanced to the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup and finished NPSL play with a 6-4-2 record, missing out on the league playoffs.