Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Spencer Pappas enters his sixth season as assistant coach of the Titans in 2019-20. He joined the University of Detroit Mercy men’s soccer team prior to the start of the 2014 season as an assistant coach. He earned the additional title of recruiting coordinator in February 2018.
Pappas has helped coach the Titans to 27 victories during his five years as an assistant coach and a share of the Horizon League regular-season crown in 2014.
The Titans saw their share of success in 2017, recording seven victories and reaching the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship. Detroit Mercy topped Milwaukee in penalty kicks to advance in the league tournament for the first time since 2012.
Tyler Moorman and Spiro Pliakos earned a bevy of honors during and after the 2017 season with Moorman being named All-Region and Scholar All-Region and Pliakos becoming the first Titan male student-athlete in school history to receive First Team Academic All-American laurels. Pliakos also was the second player in school history to earn All-Conference accolades in all four seasons of his playing career.
In his first two seasons as the assistant coach for the Titans, the team has finished with winning records and qualified for the Horizon League Championship tournament in each season. In 2015, the Titans went 7-5-8 and dropped just one game during the conference season, going 3-1-5. Detroit Mercy also earned its first victory in program history over the University of Michigan, winning 2-1 in Ann Arbor. As a squad, the team notched the second-lowest goals against average in school history (0.99) and three Titans were named All-Horizon League.
Pappas helped coach the Titans to a 9-7-4 record and a share of the Horizon League regular season crown in 2014. The squad held the opposition to the fewest goals per game (0.89) in school history, allowing just 19 goals in 20 contests. Pappas helped coach Spiro Pliakos to Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors.
“This is a tremendous hire for our soccer program and as a whole for UDM,” said Titan head coach Nicholas Deren at the time of his hiring. “His hard work and dedication will enhance our program as we look to make a run at a Horizon League Championship. He will serve as a great liaison and a solid resource for our young men.”
Ten (10) Titans have been named All-League during Pappas' five-year tenure as assistant coach, including Spiro Pliakos who was All-League in all four years, while Nathan Steinwascher was the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Pappas was as an assistant coach at Albion for two seasons leading training sessions and organizing all aspects of recruiting. Pappas is also currently on the coaching staff for the Michigan Jaguars FC in Novi. He has previously worked with the Jackson Rush Soccer Club and TNT Soccer Club.
Pappas earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State with a specialization in coaching. While at MSU, Pappas worked with the Michigan State men's soccer team, including their run to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.
He owns a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "C", “D” and “E” License as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Keith Jarema joined the University of Detroit Mercy men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2013 season specializing in working with the team’s goalkeepers.
The 2018-19 season will be his sixth season on the Detroit Mercy men's soccer coaching staff.
Jarema helped coach goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher to Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year honors as well as Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014, the first time in league history that a player has received both accolades.
Steinwascher was also named First Team All-League in 2014 and finished his Titan career as one of the most prolific goalkeepers in school history, ranking tied-for-first in shutouts (19), second in goals against average (1.23) and wins (27) and third in total saves (341) and save percentage (78.2).
The Titan goalkeepers were also integral in the success of a record-setting defense in 2014 that allowed just 19 goals in 20 games for a school-record 0.89 goals against average for the season. Jarema again tutored Steinwascher and the Detroit Mercy keepers that notched the second-best goals against average in school history during the 2015 season at 0.99 goals per game.
Helped coach Robbie Beckwell to the third-best goals against average in school history (1.34), with Beckwell serving as the primary goalkeeper in each of the past two season (2016, 2017). Beckwell posted seven shutouts across his career and finished with a 74.7 save percentage in net, under Jarema's guidance.
Detroit Mercy goalkeepers have earned seven Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week laurels during Jarema's tenure with Steinwascher earned the honor five times, Josh Flamme receiving a weekly nod in 2016 and Beckwell nabbing the honor once during the 2017 campaign.
He owns a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “B” License, a USSF National “Goalkeeping” License as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) "B" Premier diploma he earned in June 2014.
Jarema came to Detroit Mercy after working extensively with a number of local programs. He was on the Marygrove men’s soccer staff in 2012 and prior to that worked with both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Michigan. In 2011 and 2012, he served with the U-M men’s team and from 2008-11 he was with the women’s program in Ann Arbor.
Before spending time in Ann Arbor, he was with Rochester College working with both the men’s and women’s team since 2006.
Jarema is currently serving as the Director of Goalkeeping in addition to coaching the Michigan Burn club team. He works with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and has served as an evaluator with ODP in Michigan since 2007. He is also the owner/director of Elite Keeper Academy.
Martin Lang Jr.
Graduate Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Martin Lang Jr. joined the men's soccer staff as a graduate assistant prior to the 2019 season. Lang was a four-year member of the Titan men's soccer squad from 2015-18.
He saw time in 24 games for the Titans across his career and was a member of Detroit Mercy's Athletic Director's Honor Roll in each year he was a member of the squad.