The Elyria Catholic High School athletic department has named Mike Besu its next head girls soccer coach, announced athletic director Jack Duffy on Wednesday morning. Coach Besu previously served as head boys soccer coach at Westlake High School, leading the Demons program from 1988 until 2019. “Mike has established himself as an excellent ambassador for high school and youth soccer over the last thirty years in the greater Cleveland area,” Duffy said. “His knowledge, experience and commitment to the game of soccer will be a great boost for our girls as they continue to develop their skills and attain success.”
Besu, a USSF National C licensed coach, has attained numerous accomplishments over his coaching career. He was named Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year and Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2015, Cuyahoga County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year by the Plain Dealer in 2004 and earned Coach of the Year recognition by the Lorain Morning Journal in 2005. He also established Lake Ridge Academy’s girls soccer program and served as vice president of the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association for six years.
“After many wonderful years and countless memories coaching at Westlake, I decided it was time to make a change,” Besu said on Wednesday. “My personality has always been about new challenges, goals and opportunities. I have always had respect for the EC organization, and with my craving new goals, I thought there would be no better time than now.”
Besu also had a message for his new players. “Having a new coach always brings on mixed emotions and uncertainties, but I want you to know that I have made this commitment to continue on building this team and program, not only for this season but for seasons to come. I’m excited to get to meet everyone and form a strong bond with the team. I expect a lot of hard work and dedication, but the return will be great outcomes and great memories.”