USSF "A-Senior" Licensed Coach,
Bilal Hussein, joins Michigan Thunder
Michigan Thunder is excited to announce the addition of Bilal Hussein to our coaching staff.
Bilal is currently a member of the University of Michigan women's soccer coaching staff as the director of soccer analytics.
He currently holds a USSF "A-Senior" License which he earned in 2017, becoming the first person in Michigan and the entire United States to receive that license.
He comes to Michigan Thunder with an extensive coaching background at the collegiate and local club levels. Hussein was the Director of Coaching at Ann Arbor United during the 2017-2018 season.
He has also coached with Michigan Tigers Football Club for five seasons between 2009 and 2016, serving as the boys head coach at various levels from U-9 to U-17. He also held stints with CW3 (2007-09) and the Huron Valley Soccer Club (2003-07).
Prior to coaching club, Hussein was the men's soccer head coach at the University of Michigan Dearborn during the 2003-04 season. Hussein earned his MBA from Davenport University in Michigan in 2005.
A native of Lebanon, Hussein attended the University of Lebanon from 1996-2000, where he was a four-year member of the men's soccer team and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2000. While he was a student, he joined the Lebanese Army in 1997 to serve his year mandatory service. During his service, he played for the Lebanese Army Rangers and helped them to claim the Lebanese Army National Cup in 1997. He then went on to compete for the Lebanese Army National Team before finishing his service in 1998.
When he moved to the United States, Hussein played for Michigan Athletic FC (2006-07), the Dearborn Stars (2007-09, 2011-13), Michigan Sporting FC (2009-10, 2013) and the Lebanese Consulate Team (2011-13), all within the State of Michigan.
Comments from Director of Coaching, Justin Makar.
“We are very excited to welcome Bilal to our coaching staff. I have known him for several years now and know him to be first and foremost a trustworthy and quality human being. He has a great coaching background and the highest coaching license that the United States Soccer Federation offers for coaches working outside of the professional ranks. He is a coach that prioritizes the development of youth players which aligns with the values of Michigan Thunder. He brings experience at all levels of the game which will make him a valuable asset to our club as a whole. We are fortunate and excited to have another great coach join Michigan Thunder.”