New England Revolution
Mike Lapper is currently in his second season as assistant coach with the New England Revolution after joining Head Coach Brad Friedel’s staff in November 2017. The accomplished United States international is now in his 11th MLS season as a coach and his 17th season in the league overall, having spent 15 campaigns with the Columbus Crew as an assistant coach (2005-13) and a defender (1997-2002).
Lapper brings more than 14 years of coaching experience to the staff in New England, including nine seasons in MLS as an assistant under with the Columbus Crew beginning in 2005. Prior to joining the Revolution, he most recently served as an assistant coach under Friedel with the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team, and also spent two seasons alongside head coach Marlon LeBlanc as an assistant coach, and later as associate head coach, at West Virginia University from 2013-15.
The Redondo Beach, Calif. native began his coaching career in October 2004 as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team under Sigi Schmid. He served as an assistant during the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. In 2005, Lapper joined the Columbus Crew as an assistant coach, where he worked with a number of head coaches, most notably Schmid from 2006-08, until 2013. During his tenure as an assistant coach, Lapper saw the Crew claim an MLS Cup (2008), two Supporter's Shields (2008, 2009), and an appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals (2009).
In December 2013, Lapper was named as an assistant coach on West Virginia University's staff. Prior to the 2015 season, Lapper was elevated to the role of associate head coach. While Lapper was at West Virginia, the Mountaineers posted a record of 18-19-1 over two years. Following the 2015 season, Lapper joined Friedel as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-19 Men's National Team.
Before pursuing coaching, Lapper enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career as a defender from 1991-2002. Lapper played at both the club and international level, excelling for the U.S. Men's National Team from 1991-95. He earned 43 career caps with the United States, participating the 1991 Pan American games, 1992 Summer Olympics, and 1995 Copa America tournament. Lapper was also on the USMNT roster for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
In 1994, Lapper signed his first professional contract with VfL Wolfsburg of the 2.Bundesliga (German Second Division). Following the 1994-95 season, Lapper joined Southend United of England's second-tier Football League First Division, where he went on to play for two seasons and appear in more than 50 games.
Lapper concluded his playing career in MLS with the Columbus Crew, where he played six seasons from 1997-2002. The defender made 110 appearances, including 99 starts, with Columbus, recording five goals and 10 assists in league play for his career. Following his final season with the Crew, Lapper joined the club's front office as the Director of Soccer Business Development prior to becoming an assistant coach.
Lapper played collegiately at UCLA from 1988-91. In 1990, Lapper was named a first-team All American as he and then-teammate Brad Friedel won the NCAA Division-1 National Championship. While in college, Lapper also played with the Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer Alliance from 1988-89.
Lapper and his wife, Tara, have two children: Kyle and Tyler.
LAPPER’S COACHING BACKGROUND
New England Revolution (Asst. Coach) 2017-Present
U.S. U-19s (Asst. Coach).. 2016-17
West Virginia University (Asst. Coach) 2013-15
Columbus Crew (Asst. Coach) 2005-13
LAPPER’S PLAYING CAREER
Los Angeles Heat (WSA). 1988-89
United States (INT)......... 1991-95
VfL Wolfsburg (2.BL)....... 1994-95
Southend United (FLFD). 1995-97
Columbus Crew (MLS).... 1997-2002