ST. AUGUSTINE – Chris Kranjc (pronounced CRY-nz) has been named as the new head men's soccer coach at Flagler College, Director of Athletics Jud Damon announced.
"We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Flagler family," said Damon. "He is a national champion coach who is committed to the overall development of students first and foremost. We are looking forward to our men's soccer program experiencing much success under Chris' strong and proven leadership."
Kranjc boasts an impressive resume, which includes a 312-83-25 record that spans 19 years. He served as the head coach at Hastings (Neb.) College for 17 years (1999-2015) and led the Broncos to an NAIA national title in 2010 and a national runner-up finish in 2011. Kranjc's record at Hastings was 297-67-21 and his .799 winning percentage ranks 20th all-time at the NAIA level. He was named the NAIA/NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2010.
"First, I want to thank Mr. Damon and the committee for this incredible opportunity," said Kranjc. "I am very excited and honored to be joining the Saint family. I look forward to getting started and to a great 2018 campaign for the Saints."
A 15-time Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Kranjc guided the Broncos to 16 consecutive league titles (2000-15), 11 NAIA national tournament berths and four final four appearances. In 12 seasons, the Broncos were ranked no worse than No. 23 in the final NAIA poll and were ranked as high as No. 2 (2011). His teams featured 95 all-conference players including 17 GPAC Players of the Year. Kranjc also coached seven first-team All-Americans and 20 All-Americans overall, including the 2011 NAIA Player of the Year. His teams excelled off the field as well earning 11 team academic awards.
Kranjc comes to Flagler after two seasons as the head coach at The University of Alabama Huntsville. Last year he coached the team to its first Gulf South Conference Tournament final appearance since 2009. Kranjc coached six players to all-conference honors and four all-region selections. Two players were recognized for their academic success as they earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® honors last fall.
The Omaha, Nebraska native was a two-time all-conference goalkeeper for Bellevue (Neb.) University. He graduated from Bellevue with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1998, and earned two master's degrees. Kranjc earned one master's in teaching from Hastings in 2000, and the other, a Master of Science with an emphasis on sports management, from California University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds a USSF "A" license as well as Premier Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA). Since 2016, Kranjc has served as a scout for United States Soccer Federation.