Michael will begin his first season with SRI ODP in 2012. On Jan. 14, 2011, he was named the seventh head coach in the history of the University of Rhode Island's women's soccer program.
Needham, a 1996 graduate of the University Rhode Island, returns to Kingston after a two-year stint as head coach at New Mexico State in which he oversaw the start of the Aggies soccer program.
In two seasons in Las Cruces, Needham guided the program to 16 wins, including a nine-win campaign in the program's inaugural season in 2009. That season, Needham guided NMSU to the postseason, entering the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament as the fifth seed. The Aggies finished the season ranked No. 15 in the NCAA in attendance, averaging 1,129 fans for seven home matches.
Prior to New Mexico State, Needham spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at George Mason. While there, Needham was responsible for every aspect of the program, including on-field direction, budget responsibilities, daily program operations, and the student-athletes' academic success. He was also the program's recruiting coordinator and orchestrated two of the top recruiting classes in Mason history.
Needham also served as an assistant at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. from 2002-03 and was an assistant at URI from 2000-01. He also has extensive experience coaching outside the collegiate ranks. He worked with the Region IV Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and prior to that he was with the Nevada Olympic Development Program as head coach. He also spent time at the United Soccer Academy in Delray Beach, Fla., as the Director of Coaching.
The Killingworth, Conn. native has his United States Soccer Federation National 'A' License, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 'Premier Diploma' in addition to an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with Distinction and an United States Soccer Federation National Youth Licensure.