Kouns Tabbed to Lead Grizzly Women's Soccer Program
LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College Director of Athletics Dr. Darin S. Wilson announced Wednesday that collegiate coaching veteran Chris Kouns has been named the second-ever head coach for the Grizzly women's soccer program, effective immediately.
With over 22 years of college experience, including nine as a head coach at the NCAA Division I and III levels, the East Point, Ga., native is charged with guiding the GGC program to the next level.
Kouns most recently served as head coach at Division III Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he led the program to three conference titles in four seasons and a place in the 2013 national semifinals. He also has previous head coaching experience in the NAIA.
"I am excited to add a coach with his wealth of experience at both the NAIA and NCAA levels to our staff," Wilson said. "In addition to on-field success, his teams also have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to academic performance. Chris stood out in our national search process and he is tasked with building upon the foundation here to help us reach new levels with our women's soccer program."
Georgia Gwinnett's fourth season on the soccer field begins this coming fall.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to join the athletic and academic family at Georgia Gwinnett College," Kouns said. "To be given a chance to lead a program that is still so young and be able to mold it into something special is something that very few coaches have the opportunity to accomplish.
"I think we will be able to compete for conference championships and the chance to advance in the national tournament," Kouns added. "I've been able to accomplish that in the past, and with what GGC already has in place, I'm confident that we can get to the next level and beyond."
Kouns joins GGC after spending the previous four seasons as head coach at Capital, turning the Crusaders into a perennial Division III contender. His teams captured three Ohio Athletic Conference championships in four seasons, reached the national semifinals once and twice advanced to the NCAA second round. In 2013, Kouns was named OAC Coach of the Year and was a national finalist for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Coach of the Year. In his time at Capital, he developed a pair of All-Americans and seven all-region honorees, guiding the team to its most-ever wins in a season, its first-ever national tournament victory and first-ever national ranking.
"Dr. Wilson shares the same kind of vision of national prominence for Georgia Gwinnett, and I want to be a part of the culture of excellence that already exists here with the other five sports," Kouns said.
Kouns also brings a wealth of experience from the NCAA Division I ranks, most recently serving as associate head coach for the University of Cincinnati from 2008 to 2010. He spent the preceding four seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University (Fla.), a stint that included an Atlantic Sun Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2006, as well as two other trips to the league championship final.
His first head coaching position came at the NAIA level, leading Union College (Ky.) to a conference championship in 1999.
Kouns owns an overall head coaching record of 104-77-18 in nine seasons.
His additional experience includes assistant roles with the University of Pennsylvania, Georgia State University and Samford University.
In addition to on-field success, Kouns' programs have developed a sterling academic reputation. His Capital teams earned national recognition from the NSCAA, posting a 3.0-or-better team grade-point-average each season. In total, Kouns' teams have taken home the academic award in all nine of his seasons as a head coach.
"I believe in a holistic approach to excellence, not just on the field, but off the field and in the classroom as well," Kouns explained. "If we do things the right way in all aspects of what we do, the success will come. It's always about the process more than the destination."
A 1992 graduate of Mars Hill College (N.C.), Kouns played soccer for the Lions and was an academic All-American in 1991. He began his coaching career with the Georgia Olympic Development Program and has served in various roles within the ODP over the course of his career. He is active in national coaching education instruction through the NSCAA and is published as part of the World Class Coaching series. Kouns is also active at the club soccer level.
He and his wife, Tammy Allen-Kouns, have one son, Caden.