Palm Beach Atlantic Names James Kryger Women's Soccer Head Coach
July 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a long and extensive search, Palm Beach Atlantic University athletic director Bob White has named the newest member of the Sailfish athletic department in James Kryger as the next head coach for the PBA women’s soccer team.
The fourth head coach in the history of the Sailfish women’s soccer program, Kryger will begin his duties on August 1st as he inherits a squad from former head coach Dwayne Whiteheart who recently took a position as the athletic director at The Master’s Academy in Orlando, Florida.
Kryger comes to PBA with an extensive soccer coaching and playing background that should prove valuable to the Fish. Most recently the head coach of the Cocoa Expos, of the United Soccer League, a women’s professional team out of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Kryger will return to his collegiate coaching roots by taking the head coaching position at PBA.
A former assistant coach at NCAA Division I institutions such as Western Carolina University (2005-2006) and Campbell University (2003-2005), Kryger also filled the role as recruiting coordinator at those institutions.
While his coaching pedigree obviously made him an attractive candidate, it was more than just his philosophy on X’s and O’s that made Kryger stand out from the rest according to White.
“James brings a wealth of experience, as a former professional soccer player and Division I assistant coach, at an important time of transition for PBA women’s soccer. More importantly, his commitment to the Lord, and using athletics as a platform to share Christ, makes him a perfect fit for the PBA athletics family,” continued White.
A native of St. Catharine’s Ontario, Kryger began his coaching experience from 1996 through 2001, serving on the coaching staff of the St. Catharine's Concord Club soccer team, as well as acting as the head goalkeeper coach at the internationally renowned Vogelsinger Soccer Academy, which is based in San Diego, California, and directed by former Yale coach, Hubert Vogelsinger.
No stranger to Division II, Kryger began his collegiate playing career at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virgina playing two seasons in goal for the NCAA Division II institution. He earned all-conference honors in both 1999 and 2000, leading WJU to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WVIAC) championship both seasons. In 2000, he finished with a 1.25 goals-against average, which ranked 15th nationally among NCAA Division II goalies.
Following his sophomore season at Wheeling Jesuit, Kryger transferred to Cleveland State University where he was a two-year starter for the Vikings. In 25 career matches he recorded 121 saves in net. He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a focus in sports psychology. He also holds a masters degree in Exercise Science from Campbell University.
Kryger was forced into the coaching profession prematurely after an injury cut short his professional playing career. During the summer of 2000, he played for the Finn Harps Football Club in Ireland, earning first team goalkeeper honors in the Irish Premier Division. Additionally, he tended the nets for the Ipswich Town Football Club in England's first division in the spring and fall of 1999. After graduating from Cleveland State in 2001, Kryger was drafted by the Toronto Lynx of the North America A-League, where he played two seasons in goal before suffering the retirement-forcing injury.
In addition to his coaching and playing experience, Kryger also holds coaching certificates from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA).