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SVSU Mens Soccer
SVSU Mens Soccer

Coaching Staff

Michael Lamb
Assistant Coach

Michael Lamb joins the SVSU men's soccer coaching staff for the 2015 season after wrapping-up a stellar playing career for the Cardinals in 2014. In his first season, Michael helped coach the Cardinals to an overall record of 15-4-1 and 12-2-0 in the GLIAC.

Lamb was a three year starter for the Cardinals, as he played three years for SVSU after transferring from Oregon State University. Despite suffering an injury during the 2014 season, he came back at the end of the season and helped lead SVSU to its second NCAA Division II Round of 16 appearence in three years. Lamb was named the GLIAC Defensive "Player of the Year" in the 2013 season as well as earning All-GLIAC First Team honors. He was named to the Scholar All-American Team as well. In 2012, he earned NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team honors and All-GLIAC Second Team plaudits, starting all 25 matches for the national runner-up Cards.

Michael featured for NPSL team Detroit City FC in summer play, starting all 11 matches played. He recorded one goal, the game-winner against Cincinnati in stoppage time. 

While at Oregon State in 2011, Lamb played in and started 16 matches for the Beavers, notching an assist from the defender position.


Luke Ruff
Assistant Coach

Luke Ruff joins the SVSU men's soccer coaching staff after serving three years (2013-2015) on the Northwood University men’s soccer staff.

As a full-time assistant for the program, Northwood won the 2014 and 2015 GLIAC Tournament, as well as being the 2015 GLIAC Regular Season Champions. The GLIAC regular season Championship in 2015 and the GLIAC Tournament Championship in 2014 were the first in program history. Northwood hosted the first two rounds of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments, as well as advancing to the 2015 NCAA Round of 16 in this period.

Ruff was the Owner and Director of Coaching at the Mid-Michigan PSG. Ruff is now the Director of Coaching at Nationals Soccer Club Tricounty. He served as the 00 Boys Coach for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and is now serving as the 02 Olympic Development Program Coach.  He achieved FA Level 2, USSF National D and E Licenses and is working towards his USSF Nationals C License. He is also the Camp Director at Elite College Academy.

As a player at Northwood University, Ruff was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and Daktronic First Team All-Region following the 2012 campaign. He earned NSCAA All-Region and First Team All-GLIAC honors in both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Ruff was named Second Team All-GLIAC his sophomore year and was a two-year captain for the Timberwolves.For his career, Ruff played in 41 matches and finished with a 26-18-10 record.

A native of Bradford, England, and graduate of Northwood University, Ruff currently lives in Grand Blanc with his wife Mallory.


Colby Cunningham
Assistant Coach

A native of Southeast Michigan, Colby Cunningham enjoyed a successful playing career at Oakland University and in Lørenskog, Norway for the third division team Fjellhamar FK. He now serves as an active member of the Liverpool International Academy – Michigan coaching staff and Michigan ODP. He has been the assistant coach for Detroit City FC of the NPSL since the 2014 season.

Colby helped lead the Michigan Football Club U18 Girls team to a state championship in 2013 as well as reaching the USL U-20 National final in the same year. He also helped lead the MFC girls team to the USYSA Region 2 semi-final in 2013 after getting knocked out by the eventual National Champions. He helped lead DCFC to the second round of the 2016 US Lamar Open Cup before being knocked out in penalties to current first place USL Pro team, Louisville City FC.

Cunningham brings a wealth of knowledge and a palpable love for the game.  He currently holds his NCAA National Diploma as well as is in the process of finishing his USSF “C’ license.