Interview with the new DCFC Coach Ben Pirmann

pirmannDetroit City FC coach Ben Pirmann has been a part of the growing soccer culture in the state of Michigan for over a decade. His new position at the helm of Le Rouge presents him with a new opportunity — to represent the city of Detroit.

Pirmann currently holds an assistant position at Michigan State — champions of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament — where he lettered four years between 2004 and 2008. Despite earning a head coaching position at such a young age, Pirmann hopes his youth will serve as an asset with the Detroit City FC. But most of all, the Michigan native is eager to make Detroit proud of its team.

“The city of Detroit is very near and dear to my heart,” Pirmann said. “A major passion of mine is to be able to give back to the city.”

Assisting Pirmann will be Adil Salmoni, one of the best young coaching minds in the country. Salmoni served as a staff coach for the Under-20 Women’s National Team last year. Pirmann explained that Salmoni’s experience will be paramount to a successful transition to a head-coaching position and Le Rouge’s success.

“Not only will he be a good coach to the players, but (Salmoni) will be to me as well,” Pirmann said. “He and I working together hand-in-hand will be a great part of this season.”

Pirmann has quickly become well-known across the midwest for his knack for securing high-caliber recruits. In his two years at Western Michigan, he helped the Broncos improve from Mid-American Conference bottom-dwellers to conference runners-up. He has seen similar success in East Lansing. It came as no surprise, then, that the Detroit FC re-signed the majority of last year’s team, which finished second in its division.

Because Pirmann has proven his ability to find unheralded talent, Le Rouge’s open tryouts in March will be incredibly important. The young coach hinted that he was already interested in “a couple” of athletes from the Motor City.

“There are good players (in Detroit),” he said. “There are guys we may not know as well. It would be very cool and very unique to get a player from Detroit involved with the squad.”

Part of what excites Pirmann about coaching in Detroit is the atmosphere at Le Rouge games. When he attended games last year, he was “blown away” by the experience. This season, he’s looking forward to hearing the chants from the sideline.

“We truly do have the best fans around,” he said. “You just see the passion and the sincerity from the fans. It’s just genuine support.”

— Alejandro Zúñiga can be reached on Twitter @the_zuniga