Colby Cunningham is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Fighting Irish.
In his first year, he worked with Sabrina Flores in her final season with the Irish. Flores was selected by SkyBlue FC in the 2019 NWSL Draft and is currently playing overseas with Sevilla FC.
Prior to Notre Dame, Cunningham spent two years as an assistant for men’s team at Saginaw Valley State. He helped the Cardinals to tremendous success in his times, winning a GLIAC Championship in 2016 and 2 NCAA Tournament births. The Cardinals compiled a record of 28-9-3 during the 2016 and 2017 seasons while producing two All-Americans, 18 All-GLIAC, two Freshman of the Year, a GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
He served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Detroit City FC while they competed in the NPSL Members Cup. During his time at DCFC, which boasts one of the largest fan bases in all of North America, they reached three playoff appearances and two runs in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before losing to USL Championship team Louisville City FC in penalty kicks in 2016.
Colby also has experience coaching at the club level, where he coached with Liverpool International Academy – Michigan and the Olympic Development Program.
Cunningham played at Oakland University during the 2007-08 season where he earned an All-Academic award as well as earning his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He also played in Lørsenskog, Norway for the third division team Fjellhamar FK. He currently holds his USSF “B’ License as well as an NSCAA National Diploma.