As a soccer player, Michael Mundey prided himself on making the most of his ability.

As a soccer player, Michael Mundey prided himself on making the most of his ability.

After graduating from Fairborn High School in 1996, Mundey played four seasons at Otterbein, where he scored a team-record 65 goals over his career.

During his senior season in 1999, Mundey set team records in goals (24) and points (52) while leading the Cardinals to their third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title and second OAC regular-season championship in three years.

After being hired as coach of the Hilliard Davidson boys soccer team in July, Mundey said he will try to inspire his athletes to play with the same passion he exhibited on the field.

"I was very demanding of myself as a player because I knew my strengths and did my best to take advantage of them," he said. "I want to instill that same kind of mental toughness into my players and get that same work ethic and effort from them because I know that it will make them successful."

Mundey replaces Terry Smith, who resigned at the end of his eighth season, in which the Wildcats went 7-5-7 overall and finished fourth (3-2-2) in the OCC-Central Division.

Smith guided Davidson to OCC titles in 2006 and 2007, as well as Division I district, regional and state championships in 2007.

Athletics director Mark Princehorn said Smith will be missed, but he has high expectations for Mundey.

"We are very pleased that Michael has come on board to lead the boys soccer program," Princehorn said. "He was highly recommended as an excellent professional educator and coach. His vast experience in the private business sector and coaching at the collegiate level will serve him well as we move forward."

After training with Mundey for a week in July, senior forward and team captain Trevor Lewis said the Wildcats are optimistic about this season.

"We can tell that he knows soccer and knows what he's doing as a coach," Lewis said. "We've had fitness every morning and he's been emphasizing that we all get touches on the ball. That should help because we need to score more goals this year."

Mundey graduated from Otterbein in 2000 with an international business degree then played soccer in a professional development league for a season.

In 2001, he moved to Chicago, where he worked as a sales service representative for the History Channel and the A&E channel for three years.

Mundey moved back to Columbus in 2004 to work for AT&T as an account executive. After returning to Otterbein in 2009 to begin earning a master's degree in teaching, he also started a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the Cardinals men's soccer team.

From 2004-11, Mundey also coached a variety of Ohio FC club soccer teams, which inspired him to make a career change to education.

"When I started coaching club soccer, I loved having that kind of impact and influence on young soccer players," he said. "I realized that coaching and teaching goes hand-in-hand, and I was ready to get away from the corporate grind."

Mundey finished his master's in May. He will begin his new job as a tutor at Weaver Middle School at the start of this school year.

"I'm excited to begin my education career and I'm excited to further my coaching career in such a great school district," he said. "I definitely have high standards and expectations, and I want to challenge for our league championship right away. I know this program won a state championship in 2007 and I would like to see us go on another long playoff run as soon as possible."