Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian took over the Seminole women’s soccer program in 2005 and has proven to the nation that FSU soccer will be a national title contender on an annual basis. Through his first 11 seasons in Tallahassee, Krikorian has led FSU to a National Championship in 2014, eight College Cup appearances, three appearances in the national title game (2007, 2013 and 2014), three ACC regular season titles (2009, 2012 and 2014) and four league championships (2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
To further prove the model of consistency that Krikorian continues to provide, Florida State is the only school in the country that has finished each season ranked in the top 10 of the final NSCAA poll over the last 11 years. In fact, the Seminoles have been ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA poll for 146 straight weeks – a streak spanning back to September 6, 2005. That streak hit an all-time high in 2012 when Florida State took over the top spot in the NSCAA top 25 poll on August 28. The Seminoles would maintain that No. 1 ranking for a school record eight consecutive weeks posting a record of 7-1-0 against ranked opponents during that run including three wins over teams ranked in the top 10. FSU’s climb to the top spot marked a first for the Seminoles in the NSCAA poll and a first since 2006 when Soccer America had the Noles at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks. The Seminoles regained the No. 1 spot in the polls following their 1-0 victory over Virginia to secure the 2014 National Championship. FSU remained the No. 1 team in the country for four weeks during the 2015 season.
Krikorian has registered at least 16 wins in all 11 seasons at Florida State while finishing no lower than second place a total of 10 times in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the nation’s premier soccer conference. Krikorian led the Seminoles to a share of the ACC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history in 2009. Two years later he guided the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship as Florida State defeated Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks. The Seminoles reigned supreme in the ACC once again in 2012 winning the outright regular season title with an 8-2-0 record. In 2013, FSU went on to capture its second league championship with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech becoming just the third school in ACC history to win multiple league titles. In 2014, Florida State earned both the ACC regular season and tournament championships for the first time in school history, allowing just three total goals against league opponents in 13 total games. During 2015, the Noles finished 6-1-3 in conference play in the regular season and defeated No. 1 Virginia, 7-6 on PKs, to secure their third consecutive ACC Tournament title.
The 2015 season saw Florida State reach the College Cup for the fifth consecutive season, setting two NCAA Tournament records in the process. Building off of the success in 2014, the Seminoles own NCAA marks of 10 consecutive shutouts and a consecutive scoreless streak of 931:47 during postseason play. Overall, the Noles finished with an 18-3-4 record and a No. 3 ranking by the NSCAA. Freshman Megan Connolly led the Noles with 28 points on nine goals and 10 assists and was named the ACC Freshman and Midfielder of the Year. Connolly became the first FSU freshman to be named a First Team All-American by the NSCAA and she was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
In 2014, the Seminoles earned their first national championship in an impressive season that saw Florida State control its opponents all season long. FSU posted 19 shutouts over 26 games, allowing only nine goals on the season. Florida State closed out the season with seven shutouts and became just the second team in history to win a national championship without allowing a goal in all six games of the NCAA Tournament (North Carolina, 2003).
The 2013 season marked the 13th straight year Krikorian led a team to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and the 9th time he guided a Division I squad into the quarterfinals. He took Hartford to the NCAA Tournament from 1997-2000 including trips to the quarterfinals and two appearances in the round of 16. He has guided FSU to a berth in the quarterfinals in all 10 seasons, good for the longest active streak in the nation. Krikorian has a lifetime winning percentage of .771 (45-13-1) in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, while he has captured two Division II National Championships with Franklin Pierce. Krikorian’s national championship in 2014 makes him the second head coach to win a title at two different NCAA divisions and the only one to do it at two different schools.
Since Krikorian’s arrival in 2005, Florida State has produced 26 All-ACC first team selections, 25 NSCAA All-Americans, 14 Soccer America Freshman All-Americans, 13 players that have earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors or Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades, 13 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists and five Honda Award finalists.
During Florida State’s run to the national championship game in 2007, three athletes were honored at the national level for their outstanding season. Mami Yamaguchi became the most decorated soccer player to come out of Tallahassee claiming the MAC Hermann Trophy, presented to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer. After rewriting the Seminole single-season record books and finishing the season as the national leader in points (66), Yamaguchi added NSCAA Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year to her list of accolades while becoming FSU’s first consensus first team All-American. Amanda DaCosta and Sanna Talonen were named National Freshman of the Year by Soccer Buzz and Soccer America, respectively, the first recipients of such an award in the history of the program.
Four student-athletes received All-America accolades from the NSCAA in 2008 for the first time in school history. Tiffany McCarty became the first Seminole to earn ACC Freshman of the Year honors, while a school record seven student-athletes earned All-ACC recognition including three first team All-ACC honorees which tied a school mark.
In 2011, the Seminoles completed a series of firsts en route to their first ACC Championship in school history. As the sixth-seed in the tournament, Florida State became the lowest seeded team to win the league title as FSU defeated Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks. FSU added to its series of firsts in the quarterfinals by going on the road and handing North Carolina its first-ever loss in the ACC Tournament and then defeating Virginia (semifinals) for the first time in school history.
The Seminoles have flourished both offensively and defensively under Krikorian’s guidance. In 2005, Florida State finished with a +43 goal differential, 11 points better than the previous school record, en route to establishing single-season records for goals (65) and points (188). Those records were shattered two years later as the 2007 squad became the highest scoring team in school history. The Seminoles tallied 233 points on 81 goals and 71 assists, good for a +55 goal differential. FSU went on to set school records for points per game (8.63), goals per game (3.00), assists per game (2.63) and shots on goal (202). The offensive production also made ACC history marking the first time that a school other than North Carolina led the league in every major offensive category. In 2009, scoring was once again at a premium as the Seminoles reached the 200-point plateau for just the second time in school history finishing the season with 204 points on 67 goals and 70 assists. Florida State led the ACC in points, goals, goals per game (2.68) and assists per game (2.80) that year, while ranking eighth nationally in scoring offense. To show just how potent the Seminole offense has been under Krikorian, the five highest scoring seasons at Florida State have all come under his watch and eight of the top 10.
Defensively, Krikorian’s teams have been just as good registering sub-1.00 goals against average in nine of his first 10 years. Since 2005, the Seminole defense has posted a 0.78 GAA yielding just over 20 goals a season. Goals have certainly been hard to come by for opponents since Krikorian’s arrival as the Seminoles have posted a shutout in over half of the total games he has coached - 137 shutouts in 253 games (54.1%). In 2014, FSU set the school record for the fewest goals allowed (9) and the lowest goals against average in a season (0.34), while setting a school record for shutouts with 19. The Seminoles allowed just two goals to ACC opponents in the regular season and recorded two separate streaks of over 500 minutes without surrendering a goal. With 19 shutouts in 2014, FSU extended the school’s streak of reaching double-digit shutouts to 10 consecutive years. In the postseason, Florida State has posted 31 shutouts since 2005 including a school-record six shutouts in 2014.
His first year on the job was nothing short of magnificent leading the Seminoles to their first 20-win season and second College Cup in 2005. In his second year at the helm, the Seminoles continued their dominance reaching the College Cup for the third time in the program’s 12th year. The 2008 season was no different as he directed the Seminoles to an 8-1-1 record in the ACC, their highest winning percentage (.850) in league play in school history. In 2012, the Seminoles tied the school record for victories (20) while winning their first outright regular season ACC title with an 8-2-0 record. A year later Krikorian led the Seminoles to a school record 23 victories, including 10 wins in a 13-game ACC schedule, and to just two losses all season, the fewest recorded in school history. The 2014 season saw Krikorian decrease that loss category to one, as the Seminoles earned their first national championship and first undefeated season in conference play (9-0-1).
In all 11 seasons at FSU, Krikorian has earned at least three NCAA Tournament wins and reached the tournament quarterfinals, a feat that had only occurred once prior in program history. It should not be surprising when examining Krikorian’s past. He won two National Championships following undefeated seasons at Franklin Pierce. He then built Hartford into a national power before coming to FSU. Krikorian has never posted a winning percentage below .700 at any of his collegiate head coaching positions. With that kind of success it is easy to see why he is one of the most successful coaches of all-time. Krikorian currently ranks 18th on the all-time list for winningest coaches across all divisions and has the second winningest percentage among active head coaches in Division I.
After what Krikorian has done at Florida State, it would be hard not to argue that he is one of the best coaches in Division I. In 2012, he led FSU to its best start in school history as the Seminoles won its first 14 matches outscoring the opposition 31-3. The 14-game win streak was five better than the previous win streak set in 2005 and one better than the 13-game unbeaten streak orchestrated by the 2008 squad. The 10 longest win streaks in school history have all come under Krikorian’s guidance.
Eleven seasons ago, Krikorian became just the second coach in ACC history to lead his team to seven consecutive wins in conference play. He tied the mark in 2008 with a string of seven straight wins against league opponents. Both marks fell after the Seminoles won 10 straight ACC games over two seasons from 2011 to 2012, including eight consecutive league wins to open 2012. The Seminole boss also led FSU to a school record 37-game home unbeaten streak (36-0-1) from 2011 to 2014. The home unbeaten streak stands as the ninth longest streak in NCAA history.
Krikorian’s impact at FSU was immediate. In his first 30 games, Krikorian posted a .850 winning percentage, 300 percentage points higher than any previous coach in FSU history. With a 2-1 victory over Stetson in 2006, he became the fastest FSU coach to earn 30 wins, reaching it in just 38 matches. He also established a new record when his 2006 squad had just one loss after 15 matches (a feat matched in 2012 and then surpassed in 2013 and 2014). No previous FSU team had ever played more than 10 games without suffering multiple losses. In 2010, Krikorian reached yet another milestone at Florida State, claiming victory number 100 with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over Wake Forest in Tallahassee. And in 2012, Krikorian recorded career college win No. 300 with a 1-0 victory at Arkansas to become the 25th coach across all divisions to reach the historic milestone.
Krikorian hasn’t just produced wins; he has secured big wins as well. In the first 10 years and 206 games of FSU soccer history, the Seminoles recorded seven wins over top 10 teams. In 278 games under Krikorian, Florida State has recorded 40 top 10 victories including four in 2015. In addition to the win streaks, wins over top teams and trips to the College Cup, Krikorian led FSU to its highest ranking ever in all four college soccer polls including the first No. 1 ranking in school history. After downing No. 1 Portland 2-1 to kick-off the 2006 season, the Seminoles jumped to the top spot in the nation in the Soccer America top 25 poll, a spot they held for four consecutive weeks. Following their national championship in 2014, the Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA. FSU spent a total of four weeks of 2015 as the No. 1 team in the country, including two weeks after defeating No. 1 North Carolina.
In Krikorian’s first year at the helm of the Seminole program, FSU established new records for overall wins, winning percentage, fewest losses, most ACC wins, the best ACC winning percentage and longest win streak both in and out of the conference. Krikorian’s 2005 squad was the first in school history to reach 20 wins and they matched the highest finish ever by an FSU team in ACC play as they tied for second. He led Florida State to a school-record seven wins over NSCAA top 25 teams and for the first time in program history, FSU spent a month ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in every soccer poll.
Krikorian took a Seminole team that was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and led them to the College Cup the very next season. He was just the sixth coach in the history of DI women’s soccer to lead his team to the national semifinals in his first season at a school. At the time, FSU was one of six schools who had gone to the College Cup under the direction of two different coaches.
For his efforts, Krikorian was honored both regionally and nationally in his first season. He was named the first ACC Coach of the Year in Seminole soccer history, the 2005 Soccer America National Coach of the Year, the 2005 Soccer Buzz National Coach of the Year, Soccer Buzz’s Southeast Region Coach of the Year and the NSCAA’s South Region Coach of the Year.
On top of his impressive resume in coaching the top talent at the collegiate level, Krikorian has worked with the world’s best players during his stops as the head coach of the U.S. U-19 National Team and his three years with the Philadelphia Charge. Florida State’s head coach has worked with soccer greats from all over the world including U.S. National Team stars Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Tiffeny Milbrett, Heather Mitts and Lorie Fair, English National Team player Kelly Smith, French National Marinette Pichon and Brazilian National Team players Sissi and Katia.
Florida State players haven’t only been recognized for their success on the field, but in the classroom as well. Over the last 20 years, Florida State has earned regional/district academic awards 52 times. Katrin Schmidt and Kirsten van de Ven were named first team Scholar All-Americans by the NSCAA in 2007 and Becky Edwards followed suit in 2008. In 2009, Edwards was named a third team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine. Kassey Kallman became the program’s first two-time Academic All-American earning second team honors in 2012 and 2013. Emma Koivisto was named a Third Team Academic All-American in 2015. Additionally, FSU soccer players have been named to the ACC All-Academic Team 57 times including 34 times over the last five years with a school record eight named to the team in 2011. Tori Huster led the pack in 2011 becoming the first Seminole soccer player to earn ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, while Kallman won the award in 2013 and Dagny Brynjarsdottir in 2014.
A four-time ACC Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2014), Krikorian has been at the helm of a college team for a total of 22 seasons now and has recorded 18+ wins 14 times during that span. The 2005 season bettered his first year coaching at Franklin Pierce and Hartford for wins, fewest losses and highest winning percentage.
U.S. U-19 NATIONAL TEAM
His U-19 squad cruised through group play with an undefeated record beating South Korea, Russia and European Champion Spain. They were the only team to win all three group matches in the tournament, as the U.S. outscored its opponents 8-1. Krikorian then led the U.S. past Australia in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual World Champion Germany in the tournament semifinals. The team responded by beating Brazil 3-0 to secure the bronze medal.
The team not only left Thailand with the bronze medal but they also were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Trophy. Individually, U.S. midfielder Angie Woznuk received the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second Most Outstanding Player and the Bronze Shoe as the tournament’s third-leading scorer. Overall, Krikorian’s squad outscored the competition 13-4 during the World Championships.
Krikorian’s work with the national program continued at the 2011 FIFA World Cup serving as an advanced scout for the United States Women’s National Team. He was one of four scouts that provided expert analysis for Team USA and head coach Pia Sundhage. Krikorian scouted eight teams, in eight games covering six different cities in Germany. He was on hand in Berlin for the opening game featuring Germany and Canada and in the stands for the U.S.’s amazing comeback in the quarterfinals against Brazil.
In his first season with Philadelphia, Krikorian posted 11 wins in leading the Charge into the playoffs. The team finished the season ranked third in the regular season standings. The next year the Charge once again won 11 games and finished second in the standings, which was an amazing accomplishment considering Krikorian’s top player was lost for the season when Kelly Smith went down with an injury. His squad still finished the regular season 11-4-6.
UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
Krikorian wasted little time in turning Hartford into a national power. After going 4-14 in his first season, Krikorian’s Hawks won at least 17 and never lost more than five games, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his next four seasons.
Hartford immediately improved to 19-2-1 in just the second season under Krikorian including a win over national power Connecticut. Hartford also won just the second NCAA Tournament game in school history that year. In 1998, the success continued as the Hawks posted a 17-5 record while advancing to the ‘Sweet 16’. That year Krikorian led Hartford to wins over Texas A&M and Harvard in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 1999, only his third year at the helm of the Hawks program, Krikorian put together the best soccer season in school history. Hartford finished the regular season 15-4-2 and as conference champions for the third straight year. That regular season success was tame compared to the team’s magical run through the NCAA Tournament. After opening with a home win over Princeton, Krikorian traveled to Gainesville to take on the defending National Champions. His Hawks dethroned the Gators on the road and then did the same thing a week later to Virginia in a 3-2 triple overtime win. The victory moved the Hawks into the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.
In his final season at Hartford, Krikorian put together his most impressive regular season as his Hawks went 17-2. They defeated both Virginia and Florida again. The win over Florida was a decisive 3-0 victory. Krikorian also led the Hawks to the school’s first-ever victory over Dartmouth in the seventh meeting between the programs.
FRANKLIN PIERCE COLLEGE
In 1990, his first year in New Hampshire, Krikorian went 10-6-2. The school’s 10 victories were just four shy of tying the program’s total from its first five years of existence. Two seasons later the Ravens went 20-1-0 with a berth in the NCAA semifinals. After a 16-3-0 season in 1993 and another NCAA semifinal appearance, Krikorian completed his reclamation of Franklin Pierce by going a perfect 19-0-0 and winning the school’s first-ever NCAA women’s soccer championship. What did Krikorian do for an encore? In 1995 he repeated as National Champions, this time with a record of 20-0-0.
After departing for Hartford following the 1995 season, the Ravens went on to capture three more National Championships. Franklin Pierce and North Carolina are still the only two schools in the history of NCAA soccer to win four consecutive NCAA Championships across all divisions.
Before Krikorian arrived at Franklin Pierce, the school had an all-time record of 21-36-4 in five seasons winning just under 38% of their games. Upon his arrival in 1990, the Ravens have had just two losing seasons in 24 years and have won five National Championships. Krikorian helped build the foundation for the Franklin Pierce dynasty in just six years on the job. And for his efforts was recognized as one of Franklin Pierce’s top 10 most influential people during the school’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2012-13.
HONORS & AWARDS
He added his fourth ACC Coach of the Year award in 2014 after leading the Seminoles to the ACC regular season and tournament titles. The Seminole field general led the Garnet and Gold to its first national championship and a 24-1-1 record. FSU finished the season 9-1-1 against ranked opponents including a 6-1-1 mark versus teams in the top 10. For his efforts, Krikorian was also recognized as the NSCAA Southeast Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2014).
Krikorian was a standout player at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. from 1981-1983. He was a two-time captain and team MVP. In 1983, he was a New England Indoor Soccer League (NEISL) All-Star and a first team All-New England selection.
KRIKORIAN ALL-TIME VERSUS D-I OPPONENTS