James Kryger to Step Down as PBA Women's Soccer Coach
April 1, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s soccer program will have a new leader for the 2014 season as Director of Athletics Carolyn Stone announced on Tuesday that James Kryger will be stepping down as head coach. The program’s head coach for the past six seasons and the owner of the program’s all-time career wins mark, Kryger will be stepping down for family reasons.
The University will begin an immediate national search to identify potential candidates to take over the Sailfish women’s soccer program which has thrived under the leadership of Coach Kryger the past six seasons.
“We are saddened to lose a coach with the quality of character and leadership that James has displayed over his tenure at PBA,” said Stone. “His abilities go well beyond the soccer field as he is a proven winner in producing top-quality student-athletes that have consistently represented our University with class on the field, in the classroom and in the community”.
In addition to his duties as head women’s soccer coach Kryger has spent the past two years working for the University as its Director of Campus Recreation.
“I truly appreciate the commitment Carolyn Stone and President Fleming have for the PBA women’s soccer program and I know this program will be led into the future in great ways under their leadership,” said Kryger. “This was a very hard decision to make and my wife and I prayed a lot about it as Palm Beach Atlantic is an amazing University with even more amazing people.”
“I want to take this opportunity to personally thank former President Dr. David Clark and former Athletic Director Bob White for the men of God they are and for bringing my family and me into the PBA circle,” continued Kryger. “I am very thankful for their belief in me as an individual, a coach and as a Christ-follower just six short years ago.”
Kryger’s tenure with the Sailfish began prior to the 2008 season as he led the program back to the NCCAA postseason in just his second campaign with a solid record of 11-9-1 in 2009.
The team reached the NCCAA national championship game just a season later becoming the first PBA women’s soccer team to reach the NCCAA finals before falling in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.
The program has gone on to earn a total of four NCCAA South Region championships under Kryger’s coaching while he personally has collected multiple NCCAA Region and ICAA Coach of the Year awards. His teams have also been consistently successful in the classroom as evidenced by the program earning the NSCAA Team Academic award the past six seasons.
“I would not have been a successful coach without each and every one of the players that have come into the program and given everything they had on the field and in the classroom; playing ultimately for the glory of God,” said Kryger. “We have graduated nurses, church leaders, teachers, community leaders and mothers and for that I am very proud and will take with me great memories.”
“Lastly I would really like to wish the current team all the best,” continued Kryger. “We have broken down so many barriers, we have climbed so many walls together (literally) and as a result we have seen a talented group of individuals play the best level of soccer I have ever seen on the field from a PBA team.”
Assistant Athletic Director Michael Brown will serve as an interim contact for the women’s soccer program until a new head coach is announced.