Mike Bristol enters his fifth season at Florida State where his primary responsibilities with the Seminoles include the training of the goalkeepers and team defense. He took over as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2012. Bristol joined the Seminole coaching staff after spending five seasons as an assistant coach with the Eclipse Select Soccer Club in Libertyville, Ill.
Since his arrival in Tallahassee, Bristol has helped guide the Seminoles to four consecutive trips to the Elite Eight, including back-to-back appearances in the College Cup, a pair of ACC regular season titles in 2009 and 2012 and the school's first league title in 2011. In his first four years, the Seminoles have compiled an overall record of 73-22-3 while claiming three top two finishes in the ACC with first place finishes in 2009 and 2012 and a tie for second place in 2010. Bristol has coached seven All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, four former Seminoles playing in the National Women's Soccer League, the 2011 ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player and a handful of student-athletes who have competed internationally.
In overseeing the team defending, Bristol has led the Seminoles to a goals against average of 0.85 in his first four years. The Seminole backline has averaged 13 shutouts a season under Bristol reaching double-digits all four years. In 2012, Florida State set school records with 17 shutouts, a GAA of 0.62 and the fewest goals allowed in ACC play with four, while tying the school mark for wins (20) and the fewest goals allowed in a single season (15). FSU strung together a school record nine straight shutouts while blanking its first eight ACC opponents en route to claiming the conference regular season title. The Seminoles went on to finish the year as the league leader in GAA, shutouts and the fewest goals allowed. Nationally, the Florida State defense closed out the 2012 campaign ranked in the top 40 in shutout percentage (2nd - 0.708), GAA (12th - 0.619) and save percentage (36th - 0.839).
A combination of great defense and goalkeeping resulted in FSU's first league championship in 2011. Kelsey Wys was named MVP of the ACC Tournament after finishing the championship with a 0.59 GAA and 10 saves as she allowed just two goals in over 300 minutes of action. Wys was outstanding in net in the finals making four saves and then three more in penalty kicks to help FSU secure its first ACC title.
Wys' transition as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation began to take shape during her freshman season in 2010. The Coral Springs, Fla., native started 22 matches between the posts for the Seminoles tallying 2004 minutes while registering a 16-5-1 record, 91 saves and 12 shutouts. She allowed just 17 goals including five during the ACC regular season en route to a GAA of 0.76. Wys finished the season leading the ACC in saves, shutouts, shutouts per game and save percentage (.843). She would go on to earn a spot on the All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Freshman Team and garner second team Freshman All-America honors from Soccer America.
In Bristol's first season at Florida State in 2009, the Seminole defense turned in a GAA of 0.85 allowing 22 goals in over 2,300 minutes of action. FSU closed out the year ranked among the best in the ACC finishing fourth in GAA, tied for fourth in goals allowed and fifth in shutouts. Bristol's work with a very young defensive squad, comprised of two sophomores and two freshmen, was on full display right from the very beginning as the defensive unit opened the season posting three consecutive shutouts. The Seminoles allowed just seven shots through the first three games including three shots on goal. The three shutouts to open the season marked the first time such a feat occurred in school history. The stifling defense was at it again in the ACC Championship in Cary, N.C., with the Seminoles recording consecutive shutouts in the first two matches of the tournament for just the second time in the program's existence.
Florida State has been recognized nationally for their defensive efforts through the first four years under Bristol with two Seminole defenders being honored as semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Ines Jaurena made her first ever appearance on the list in 2011 joining Becky Edwards (2009) as the only defenders in Florida State history to be recognized as Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Jaurena was back on the list as a semifinalist in 2012 for the second year in a row. The French native was also named a finalist for the Honda Award becoming just the third Florida State soccer player to be named a finalist for the award and first since 2007.
During his time with the Eclipse, Bristol led the club team to four national championships; had five goalkeepers selected as pool members of national teams and eight goalkeepers named to regional teams. In 2008, Bristol tutored Alexa Gaul (University of Texas) and Taylor Vancil, a two-year member of the Seminole soccer team (2011-12), who both served as goalkeepers on the United States U-17 National Team that finished second at the 2008 FIFA Youth World Cup in New Zealand. Four of his goalkeepers received the Golden Glove Award at the USYSA National Championships, presented to the tournament's most outstanding goalkeeper. Vancil was one of the Golden Glove Award recipients as she was recognized as the best goalkeeper at the 2008 World Cup.
Bristol has spent part of his coaching career as a goalkeeper coach at the collegiate level as well. He was an assistant coach at Illinois State University from 2002-04 where he was in charge of the goalkeepers and the backs. During his time at Illinois State his goalkeepers ranked in the top 12 nationally in goals against average. Following his time at Illinois State, Bristol served as the goalkeeper coach for the women's program at the University of Maryland.
His coaching background also includes stints with the Region II ODP and Illinois ODP programs. Bristol also traveled to Germany as the goalkeeper coach with the 1992 Regional ODP team. During the 2009-10 season, he was named the Region III ODP Goalkeeping Director. Bristol has earned a level 3 goalkeeping diploma as well as a premier diploma, both from the NSCAA. The Granite City, Ill., native is also on the NSCAA goalkeeping instructional staff for state and regional diplomas. Bristol earned his national goalkeeping license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
As a player, Bristol was a four-year starting goalkeeper at Western Illinois University (1995-99). During his freshman season, he was voted team most valuable player and earned first team All Mid-Continent Conference honors. Bristol served as team captain for three years and was selected to numerous all-tournament teams. Following his collegiate career, Bristol played for the PDL Cocoa Expos soccer team in Cocoa Beach, Fla., during the summer of 1999.
Bristol graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and a master's degree in Sports Management from Western Illinois University.