University of AL - Birmingham

UAB Blazers Athletics
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Division 1 Alabama Southeast
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Mike Getman

- Career Record: 316-209-53 (31)

- UAB Record: 274-183-44 (26)

- Eight NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2014

- 11 MLS Draft Selections

- 1999 Conference USA Tournament and Regular Season Champions

- Three C-USA Regular Season Championships: 1995, 1999 and 2011

- 2005 C-USA Coach of the Decade

- 1995 an 1999 Conference USA Coach of the Decade

Entering his 27th season at the helm of the UAB men’s soccer program, head coach Mike Getman has taken the Blazers to new heights.

Prior to his arrival in 1992, the Blazers had posted had posted just three winning seasons in their 12 seasons. Since then Getman has led UAB to eight NCAA Tournaments, three regular season C-USA Championships and 20 winning seasons.

2017 was a difficult one on the Southside as UAB went 5-7-4 but saw David Valverde, Mathieu Laurent and Massimo Ferrin earned All-Conference Honors. Additionally, Eder Mora was tabbed to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.

In 2016 the Blazers finished sixth in the C-USA standings. The year was highlighted with a 3-2 win over No. 15 Kentucky marking Getman’s first win over a ranked opponent at BBVA Compass Field.

Lars Willemse, Mathieu Laurent and Henrique Sposito were all tabbed members of the NSCAA Division 1 Scholar All-South Region team marking the third consecutive season that the Blazers featured at least one player on the all-region team.

Getman guided UAB to its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. The Blazers hosted the first round for just the fourth time in school history. Overall the Blazers finished the season as the No. 25 scoring offense (1.8 GPG) making it the fifth-straight year of finishing in the top-50 in scoring the country. Four Blazers garnered all-conference honors.

In 2013 the Blazers were ranked as high as No. 8 in the nation at one point. A record breaking 3,205, fans were on hand to watch UAB defeat the 2012 National Champion, Indiana, at West Campus Field. UAB finished the season with the No. 1 scoring offense in the country averaging 2.4 goals per game.

The 2012 season saw the Green-and-Gold earn an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament marking the second straight year the team had earned a post-season bid.

In 2011 UAB reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time and first time since 2006. A final record of 13-5-3, with a 6-1-1 mark in league play, helped UAB earn a share of the regular season title. The Blazers went on to finish the year with a No. 21 ranking in the final NSCAA poll and a perfect 4-0 record against ranked teams.

1999 was the start of the most successful three-year stretch in UAB men’s soccer history advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The Blazers won both the Conference USA regular season and tournament title, finished eighth in the final NSCAA poll and set the school record for wins (17) in a season catapulted by a 13-game winning streak.

In 2000, UAB made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection marking the first time the Blazers had made consecutive post-season appearances. The Green and Gold finished the season 14-5-2 with a 5-1-2 mark in league play.

At the end of the 2001 season the Blazers found themselves in a familiar setting, the NCAA Tournament. UAB went on to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years and finished the season with a 15-6 record. A program record nine players were selected to all-conference teams.


Prior to coming to Birmingham, Getman served as the head coach at Harvard from 1987-1991. He posted a 42-26-9 (.604) record, including a 21-11-3 (.643) mark in Ivy League play. His 1987 Crimson squad reached the NCAA Final Four as they posted a 14-1-3 mark capturing the Ivy League title. Getman became the youngest coach (28) to lead a team to the Division I Final Four. The 1988 squad opened the season ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. While at Harvard, Getman developed 21 All-Ivy League players, nine All-New England performers and two All-Americans.

Getman began his coaching career at his alma mater, Indiana, where he served as an assistant coach from 1984-86. In those seasons, the Hoosiers were in the NCAA Tournament twice and played in the 1984 title game.


Getman played professionally as a defense for the Detroit Express of the American Soccer League from 1982-83. He was the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1982 as the Express won the ASL Championship.

A three-year letterwinner at Indiana, he played fullback for the Hooisers from 1977-81, during which the Hoosiers finished as an NCAA Division I national finalist in 1978 and 1980.


A native of Bloomington, Ind., Getman earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana in 1982 and his master’s in athletic administration from IU in 1987.

Involved in all facets of soccer, Getman has been the South Region coach for the U.S. Soccer Festival. He was the chairman of the soccer games committee for the 1996 Birmingham Olympic Soccer Committee. He also has served as a guest-columnist for the 1998 World Cup Tournament for the Birmingham Post-Herald.

He and his wife, Rena, reside in Homewood. They have three children: Nathan, Eli and Ethan.

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Justus Griffin

Justus Griffin, who has been a part of the UAB men’s soccer program since head coach Mike Getman’s inaugural season in 1992, begins in 23rd season as a member of the staff.

Griffin is involved with the on-field coaching and general administration of the program. He also is involved with recruiting, scheduling and coordinating travel.

Griffin was a three-year letterwinner for the Blazers from 1992-94 as a defender. He helped lead the Blazers to the program’s first conference championship and NCAA Tournament in 1994.

He finished his UAB playing career having started 59-of-60 matches. He scored one goal, tallied one assist and was selected to the Great Midwest All-Newcommer team in 1992.

After his career for UAB ended, Griffin signed a contract to play with the Chattanooga Express of the EISL in 1994. He played one season with the Express before returning to UAB as an assistant coach prior to the 1995 season.

Prior to coming to Birmingham, Griffin played one season, 1991, at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., where he was selected as the team’s best defensive player.

Griffin received his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” license and is a member of the Alabama ODP staff. He currently resides in Birmingham.

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Joel Wallace

Joel Wallace is in the ninth season of his second stint as an assistant coach for the UAB men’s soccer team. He returned to Birmingham in 2009 after an 11-year stay at Westminster.

Wallace specializes in working with goalkeepers, a role that he has held in both stints under Getman at UAB.

Boasting more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Wallace was the head men’s soccer coach at Westminster from 1998-2008. He left Westminster as the winningest coach in school history compiling a record of 105-85-16. He guided the Blue Jays to their first conference title in soccer and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. Including his one year spent as head coach at MacMurray (Mo.) College, Wallace has a career record of 121-91-17 during his 12-year tenure.

Wallace has spent time as an assistant coach for the UAB women’s soccer team (2005-08), UAB men’s soccer team (1994-95), MacMurray (1992-94) and Connecticut (1996).

A graduate of MacMurray College, Wallace earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors as a goalkeeper. During his playing days (1988-91) he helped lead MacMurray to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 (1990) and Elite Eight (1991). He is a two-time winner of the Prairie College Conference Most Valuable Player (1989 and 1990). Wallace still holds several school record including most career shutouts (40), most shutouts in a season (19) and most consecutive shutout (7). His 18 shutouts in 1991 is an NCAA Division III Record.

Wallace has two children: Ryli and Kevin. Kevin is a sophomore on the UAB men’s soccer team.

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