TUESDAY, JUNE 01, 2004
Chris Kouns Named New Women's Soccer Coach

June 1, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has selected Chris Kouns as its new head coach for women's soccer, JU Vice President of Student Life/Acting Athletic Director Dr. John Balog announced today. Kouns, who most recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League, replaces Mike Johnson who is now coaching the JU men's soccer team after six years with the JU women. Kouns becomes the Dolphins' fourth coach.

Kouns has served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn since 2002, where he helped lead the Quakers to a 9-5-3 mark and a fourth-place finish in the Ivy League last season. Penn opened the season 5-0 and then finished with a three-game win streak, including a 3-2 win over No. 20 Princeton. The Quakers were ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Mid Atlantic Regional Rankings and earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.35 team grade point average. Kouns' 2003-04 recruiting class was considered the best in school history.

"Chris has shown the ability to recruit top-notch student-athletes at each stage of his coaching career," said Balog. "He has a thorough knowledge of the game and an infectious energy. He fits perfectly with the standards we have set here at JU and we look for him to take the women's soccer program to new heights."

Prior to coaching at Penn, Kouns spent one season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia State in 2001-02, where two of his recruits - Lauren Chavez and Amber Collins-Cephers - went on to earn Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team honors. The Panthers went 9-6-5 in 2002 and qualified for the A-Sun Championship Tournament. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Samford University in 2000 and 2001, helping lead the Bulldogs to 16 wins during that span, including a spot in the 2001 A-Sun Championship for just the second time in school history. The 2000 squad posted a school-record 1.54 goals against average, while two of his recruits, Heidi Kearns and Linsday Shanks, earned A-Sun All-Freshman Team honors in 2001.

Kouns began his coaching career at Fayette County (Ga.) High School from 1993-98, where he posted an 85-29-3 record and made four appearances in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Final Four. In 1993, he lead Fayette County to the state championship game, a No. 25 national ranking and was tabbed Atlanta Journal-Constitution Co-Coach of the Year. The Tigers never finished lower than No. 5 in the GHSA state rankings during his tenure, while capturing two regional championships.

Following his successful high school coaching career, Kouns was named head coach at Union (Ky.) College in 1999, where he led the Bulldogs to a 15-9 record and the Mid South Conference Championship. Union lost to No. 4 Transylvania University in the NAIA National Tournament Qualifier.

Kouns graduated Cum Laude from Mars Hill (N.C.) College with a B.A. in History and Psychology in 1992. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Lions as a defender, earning South Atlantic Conference Honor Roll honors all four years and was tabbed an Academic All-American in 1992. Kouns has earned a USSF A License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma and served as coach of the Under-15 Eastern Pennsylvania Olympic Development Program. He was also a member of the USYSA Region I ODP staff and has coached with the Region III Olympic Development Programs in Georgia and Alabama.

JU has played in five of the last six A-Sun Championship tournaments, including four championship match appearances and the 2000 Atlantic Sun regular-season and tournament championships en route to the Dolphins' first NCAA Tournament berth.