Armand Dikranian is in his third year as the volunteer assistant coach at Florida State. His primary responsibilities consist of overseeing the technical development of the players, while assisting with all aspects of strength and conditioning. He will also help in analyzing practice and game video on a daily basis.
Dikranian comes to Tallahassee from USF where he spent one season as an assistant coach with the Bulls. USF finished the 2012 season with a 10-5-4 record and came within one win from playing in its second BIG EAST Conference championship in the last three years. The Bulls closed out conference play winning six of their last eight matches to finish second in the American Division with a 6-2-2 record.
Prior to arriving at USF, Dikranian served as the top assistant for one season at Southern Connecticut State working under head coach Adam Cohen. With SCSU, Dikranian was responsible for on-field and technological instruction, scouting, recruiting and student-athlete academic monitoring.
Before joining the staff at SCSU, Dikranian spent four seasons as an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Bridgeport, where the program accumulated a 43-22-11 overall record. The Purple Knights recorded at least 10 wins in each of his four seasons, advancing to the conference tournament playoffs every year, and the NCAA Tournament once.
A native of Baldwin, N.Y., Dikranian played collegiately at Fairfield University in 2005, a year that saw the Stags post a 13-4-3 overall record. He went on to help the Stags claim the MAAC regular season championship in 2005, while Fairfield ranked in the top-25 a majority of the season.
Dikranian comes from a soccer family as his uncle Bob Dikranian, a two-time National Coach of the Year, is the former men’s soccer coach at Southern Connecticut State, where he led the Owls to six NCAA Division II National Championships. Armand’s brother Fred enters his 10th season as an assistant coach with the men’s program at USF.
Dikranian earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in mathematics from Fairfield in 2006. He then earned a master’s degree in secondary education at the University of Bridgeport in 2009.
Additionally, Dikranian taught at Trinity Catholic Middle School in Stamford, Conn. He also served as a coach and instructor for the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Olympic Development Program and South Central Premier. Dikranian was the director at Victory Soccer School and a former girls' varsity soccer coach at Shepaug Valley High School in Connecticut. He was a member of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) Coaching Education staff and was named CJSA’s Young Coach of the Year in 2011. Dikranian holds a National Youth License and a USSF C License.