DANIEL ISLAND, SC - Charleston Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser has been named USL Coach of the Month after leading his side to an undefeated month of July. Anhaeuser received 84 percent of the poll to claim the award ahead of FC Cincinnati's Alan Koch and Fresno FC's Adam Smith.
In his 14th season as Head Coach, Anhaeuser has the Battery in third place in the USL Eastern Conference, in large part due to their success in July. Anhaeuser led his side to a 5-0-1 record last month, earning key wins over Louisville City FC, Indy Eleven and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, all of which were above the Battery in the table at the time of the match.
"We had a very good month as our team produced on both ends of the field," said Anhaeuser. "The defense was solid from front to back, and our goalkeeping was very solid in every match. The offensive end was productive with the quality of Ataulla Guerra and his tremendous finishing along with three or four different players chipping in every match. It is very humbling to receive Coach of the Month, but the players deserve all the credit for getting it done on the field."
Anhaeuser is the longest-serving Head Coach in the USL, having taken the reins at the club in 2005 after previously being a player and assistant coach for the side. This season marks his 25th with the Battery overall, and he is currently closing in on his 200th victory as the club's Head Coach. Anhaeuser and the Battery have won the most games in the USL's modern era and stand as the lone side to have reached the USL Cup Playoffs in every year since 2011, while winning the USL Cup in 2012.