Ryan Middendorf returned to his alma mater in 2003 and has since become the winningest women’s soccer coach in program history. Since taking over the program, Middendorf's teams have consistently produced double-digit win seasons and competed for conference championships.
The 2015 season was one of the best in program history as the Falcons captured their first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship, posting a perfect 10-0-0 mark in league games. For Middendorf, it was his second conference championship, also guiding CUW to a Lake Michigan title in 2004. The Falcons won 14 games in 2015, the third time in the last four seasons they have reached at least 14 victories.
In 2015, Middendorf led a CUW team that had a NACC-record seven players earn First Team All-Conference honors. In addition, he was named NACC Coach of the Year while also coaching the NACC Defensive Player of the Year (Faith Palmreuter) and NACC Freshman of the Year (Josie Dombrowski).
The All-Conference honors are nothing new to the Falcons under the tutelage of Middendorf. Since the NACC began (2006), he has coached 31 players who have received First Team All-Conference honors, an average of over three a season. He also has 14 players who were Second Team selections and 19 All-Freshmen honorees.
In 2014 Middendorf helped the Falcons to an appearance in the NACC Tournament Championship game. CUW finished the year with a 14-6-0 record, including an 8-2-0 mark in NACC play. As is usually the case with Middendorf's CUW teams, the Falcons were outstanding defensively in 2014, recording eight shutouts.
The 2014 season also saw the Falcons net their first-ever NSCAA First Team All-Region selection, that honor going to junior Carley Pfannerstill. CUW had three players earn All-Region honors, a program record, as Brittany Klumpp was placed on the second team, while Ashley Apazeller earned Third Team honors. Apazeller became the first Falcon to be named All-Region three times in her career.
Middendorf's teams have been outstanding in conference play as he owns a 100-26-6 record in those matches throughout his career. His teams own a .780 winning percentage in conference play and have won at least eight league games in nine out of 10 years of NACC competition.
In 2012 his program finished with an 15-4-1 record, tying for the best mark in Concordia Wisconsin history. The Falcons have qualified for the NACC Tournament every season since joining the conference prior to the 2006 season.
In just his second season at the helm (2004), Middendorf led the Falcons to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament. His 2004 team rolled through the Lake Michigan Conference and was unscored upon in league games.
Middendorf is no stranger to CUW soccer. After an outstanding high school career at Greendale Martin Luther, he competed for four years (1998-2002) for the CUW men's soccer program under current head coach Tom Saleska.
In January 2014 Middendorf was selected to the CUW Athletics Hall of Fame for his playing career.
A defensive midfielder for the powerful Falcons, Middendorf won Lake Michigan Conference All-Conference and NSCAA All-Region honors, and was named team MVP as a senior. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education, along with a minor in coaching. Middendorf is currently teaching in the Health and Human Performance Department at CUW. He has a United States Soccer Federation National License.
Middendorf's coaching resume includes stints with the Cedarburg Striker Soccer Club, three years as the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant at West Bend East, and a season as the Falcon's men's assistant. He currently coaches for the Milwaukee Sport Club.
|2003||12-10-0 (.545)||4-2-0 (.667)||3rd (LMC)|
|2004||14-7-1 (.659)||6-0-1 (.929)||1st (LMC)|
|2005||9-11-1 (.452)||5-2-1 (.688)||3rd (LMC)|
|2006||12-9-0 (.571)||9-2-0 (.818)||3rd (NAC)|
|2007||10-9-1 (.525)||8-4-0 (.667)||5th (NAC)|
|2008||12-7-1 (.625)||9-2-1 (.792)||4th (NAC)|
|2009||12-6-2 (.650)||8-1-2 (.818)||3rd (NAC)|
|2010||11-9-1 (.548)||7-4-1 (.625)||5th (NAC)|
|2011||10-7-1 (.583)||9-3-0 (.750)||5th (NAC)|
|2012||15-4-1 (.775)||10-2-0 (.833)||3rd (NAC)|
|2013||10-8-1 (.553)||8-2-1 (.773)||3rd (NACC)|
|2014||14-6-0 (.700)||8-2-0 (.800)||2nd (NACC)|
|2015||14-2-3 (.816)||10-0-0 (1.000)||1st (NACC)|
|155-95-13 (.638)||100-26-6 (.780)|