Mike Lapper
Title: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: 614-236-6634


Mike Lapper enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Capital University men’s soccer team.


A soccer professional for more than a decade, Lapper was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic men’s soccer team and the 1994 U.S. World Cup Team. During his career, he played in the German First Division for VFL Wolfsburg (1994-95), the English First Division for Southend United (1995-97) and Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew (1997-2002).


Following his retirement from professional soccer, Lapper stayed with the Crew as the director of soccer business development until he became an assistant coach for Columbus in 2005, when he also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the FIFA Youth World Championships in Holland. Lapper currently remains in his role as an assistant for the Crew and helped guide the team to the 2008 MLS Cup Championship.


A Huntington Beach, Calif., native, Lapper played soccer for four seasons at UCLA. He helped lead the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Division I title and was named an All-American in 1991.


Lapper and his wife, Tara, have two children, Kyle and Tyler.