The new Seminole assistant coach played six seasons in the MLS.
Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward their graduate education.
Tiffany McCarty, Casey Short and Taylor Vancil were all selected in the inaugural NWSL Draft.
The Seminoles advanced to the College Cup for the second year in a row.
Head coach Mark Krikorian named NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
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. In his first seven seasons in Tallahassee, Krikorian has led FSU to four College Cup appearances, including a string of three straight (2005-07), the school's first appearance in a national championship game in 2007 and first ACC title in 2011. To further prove the model of consistency that Krikorian continues to provide, Florida State is the only school in the country that has finished ranked in the top 10 of the final NSCAA poll over the last seven years. He has registered at least 16 wins in each of his first seven seasons while finishing no lower than second place a total of six times in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the nation's premier soccer conference. In 2009, 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 after wrapping up the regular season with a 7-2-1 league mark. Two years later he guided the Seminoles to their first ACC Championship as Florida State defeated Wake Forest 3-1 in penalty kicks.
Not only has Krikorian accomplished things that had never been done at Florida State, but he has also achieved what has yet to be accomplished by head coaches on the national level. Since the NCAA expanded to 64 teams in 2001, Krikorian is the first coach to take over a program and lead that team to three consecutive College Cups. He is also the first coach to advance through 13 rounds of the NCAA Tournament in his first three seasons at a school and is the first FSU coach to ever lead the program to a spot in the national finals. In seven years, Krikorian has led the Seminoles to a 25-7-1 mark in NCAA Tournament play while claiming an overall winning percentage of .764.
The 2011 season marked the 11th straight year Krikorian led a team to the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and the eighth time he guided a Division I squad to 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 also guided FSU to a berth in the quarterfinals in each of his first seven seasons, good for the longest active streak in the nation. Krikorian has a lifetime winning percentage of .726 (30-11-1) in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament and also captured two Division II National Championships with Franklin Pierce. FSU's run to the 2007 national title game against Southern California represented Krikorian's third all-time appearance in an NCAA soccer championship game.
In seven seasons as FSU's field general, Krikorian's players have been honored more than 100 times at the conference, regional and national levels including 17 All-ACC first team selections, which is the second most in the league since 2005. In 2010 & 2011, Florida State set school records for its work both on the field and in the classroom in the ACC placing seven players on the 2010 All-ACC teams, the most of any school in the league. A year later, the Seminoles landed a school record eight student-athletes on the ACC All-Academic Team led by senior midfielder Tori Huster, who was named the ACC Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2009 Krikorian was honored as the league's Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Becky Edwards also became the Seminoles' first two-time, first team Scholar All-American from the NSCAA and at the same time earned the distinction of becoming FSU's first Academic All-American at the national level.
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 the 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. Florida State's impressive run extended through the NCAA Tournament as the Seminoles advanced through the first four rounds outscoring the competition 10-1 to advance to the College Cup in Kennesaw, Ga.
Florida State was at it again in 2007 as 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. In all, seven players have been named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy under his watch, while six players have been named finalists for national player of the year.
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. The offense was at it again in 2008 as the Seminoles finished the year with 194 points on 64 goals and 66 assists good for eighth in the nation in scoring offense averaging 2.78 goals per contest. The Garnet and Gold finished the season establishing school records for assists per game (2.87), shots attempted (471), shots per game (20.48) and shots on goal (228). 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), while ranking eighth nationally in scoring offense. The points, goals and assists recorded by the Seminoles all sit as the second most in school history. To show just how potent the Seminole offense has been under Krikorian, the four highest scoring seasons at Florida State have all come under his watch.
Defensively, Krikorian's teams have been just as good registering a sub-1.00 goals against average in each of his first six seasons for the first time in school history. In seven years at the helm, the Seminole defense has posted a 0.84 goals against average yielding just over 21 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 just under half of their total games he has coached - 86 shutouts in 175 games (49.1%). In 2008, FSU set the school record for the fewest goals allowed (15) and the lowest goals against average in a season, while tying the record for shutouts with 14, a mark previously set in 2006. In 2010, the Seminoles led the ACC in shutouts with 13 and with 12 shutouts in 2011 FSU extended the school's streak of reaching double-digit shutouts to seven consecutive years. The defense has been equally impressive in the postseason recording consecutive seasons of at least three shutouts, a school record, in 2007 and 2008. The previous school record for postseason shutouts was two set in 2006. Prior to Krikorian coming to Tallahassee, the most shutouts recorded in a season were nine set twice in 2003 and 2004.
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, and to just three losses all year, the fewest recorded since the program's inception in 1995. In all seven seasons at FSU, Krikorian has earned at least three NCAA Tournament wins and reached the tournament quarterfinals, a feat that had only occurred once 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 21st on the all-time list for winningest coaches across all divisions and is the fifth winningest active head coach in Division I. The Seminole coach is one of only two members of that top 20 list that coached in two divisions of the NCAA.
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. What the Seminole head coach is doing when it comes to consecutive victories is unprecedented in FSU soccer history. Krikorian's teams have the two best win streaks to open a season at seven (2005) and six (2006) games. In 2005, he led FSU to nine and seven-game win streaks, while matching the seven-game win streak in 2008. With a 6-0 start in 2006, and a six-game winning streak in both 2010 & 2011, the six longest win streaks in school history have all come under Krikorian's guidance. Seven seasons ago, he 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. The Seminole boss led FSU to a school record 24-game home unbeaten streak (22-0-2), a feat covering three seasons. In 2008, the streaks continued as the Seminoles set school records for all-time unbeaten streaks (13) and road unbeaten streaks (12). 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. 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.
Krikorian has not 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 175 games under Krikorian, Florida State has recorded 20 top 10 victories including four in 2011. 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 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 its run to the national championship game in 2007, the Seminoles finished the season ranked as high as number two in a pair of national polls.
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 is 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. FSU is now one of six schools who have 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 Pinchon 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 seven years, Florida State has earned regional/district academic awards 36 times. Katrin Schmidt and Kirsten van de Ven were named first team Scholar All-Americans by the NSCAA, marking the first distinction of its kind at FSU. Becky Edwards followed suit in 2008 earning a spot as a first team Scholar All-American. In 2009, Edwards was named a third team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine. Additionally, FSU soccer players have been named to the ACC All-Academic Team 38 times including 21 times over the last three 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. During the 2011-12 school year, nine student-athletes made the Dean's List while one earned President's List honors achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Seminoles finished the 2011-12 academic year with a team GPA over 3.2
The FSU coach has been at the helm of a college team for a total of 18 seasons now and has recorded 18+ wins 10 times in that span. The 2005 season bettered his first year coaching at Franklin Pierce and Hartford for wins, fewest losses and highest winning percentage.
The 2008 season got off to a fabulous start as Soccer Buzz awarded Florida State with the nation's top recruiting class - the first of its kind in the program's 16-year history. The publication ranked six freshmen in the top 40 with five receiving PARADE All-American honors. The ranking is a year removed from the 2007 class that Soccer Buzz rated second nationally and first in the Southeast Region.
U.S. U-19 NATIONAL TEAM
His U-19 squad cruised through Group C play finishing undefeated 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 win kept the U.S.'s streak alive as the only country to secure a top-three finish in all nine FIFA World Championships for women.
The team not only left Thailand with bronze medals 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 in 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.A.'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
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. After he arrived on campus, the Ravens have had just one losing season in 22 years and have won five National Championships. Since Krikorian became the head coach and rejuvenated the program, Franklin Pierce has won almost 85% of their matches. Krikorian built the foundation for the Franklin Pierce dynasty in just six years on the job.
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 were 20-1 and finished in the NCAA semifinals. After a 16-3 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.
HONORS & AWARDS
He added his second ACC Coach of the Year award in 2009 after leading the Seminoles to a share of the ACC regular season title and the top seed in the league tournament for the first time in school history. The Seminole field general led the Garnet and Gold to a 14-3-1 regular season record including a mark of 7-2-1 in the ACC. His Seminoles finished the season 9-3-0 against ranked opponents.
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