Head Coach and General Manager
Mike Anhaeuser joined the Charleston Battery as a player in 1994 after graduating from Indiana University, where he won a NCAA Championship in 1988. Anhaeuser played six seasons as a midfielder for the Battery and still ranks 7th all-time in games played (115) and 2nd all-time in assists (17).
Anhaeuser switched to a coaching role in 1999 after tearing his ACL during pre-season. The Fort Wayne, IN, native was Alan Dicks’ assistant-coach from 1999-2001, and then Chris Ramsey’s from 2002-2004. Anhaeuser was a key member of the Battery coaching staff that won the USL First Division Championship in 2003.
In 2007 Anhaeuser was named the USL1 Coach of the Year and in 2008 he led the Battery to the final of the US Open Cup as the Charleston Battery became only the second non-MLS side to reach the final since the inception of Major League Soccer.
Anhaeuser won his first USL Championship as a head coach in 2010 as the Battery topped long-time rival the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in the USL2 Championship game. Two years later Anhaeuser won his second title in three seasons as the Charleston Battery defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads by a score of 1-0 in the 2012 USL PRO Championship game.
Under the guidance of Anhaeuser the Charleston Battery has also had success developing young players for the next level. Recent players who have moved to Major League Soccer include Osvaldo Alonso (2008), Tom Heinemann (2010), Lamar Neagle (2010), Alex Caskey (2012), Alex Kann (2013) , Ryan Richter (2013), and Mike Azira (2014)
Mike Anhaeuser lives in Mount Pleasant, SC, with his wife Kim and their two children, Lauren and Derek.