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Krikorian leaves FSU soccer

Florida State is losing three-time national champion coach Mark Krikorian. The women’s soccer coach for now 17 years is leaving the team, he said in a statement sent to members of the media who cover FSU.

Krikorian led FSU to national championships in 2014, ’18 and ’21 and the Seminoles were a win away from a title in May 2021 in the rescheduled NCAA Tournament. In 17 seasons at FSU, he guided the Seminoles to 11 College Cups (the Final Four of women’s soccer).

Below is Krikorian’s statement:

“I’d like to thank FSU and the community for my 17 years in Tallahassee.

“Every coach has a shelf life and it is time for me to move onto my next chapter.  While the university offered me a generous contract, my decision is not based on money.

“I want to thank Dave Hart and Kim Record for bringing me to FSU and teaching me how to be a leader and a professional. Coach Bowden for showing me the importance of being a gentleman. I’d like to acknowledge Monk Bonasorte for his undying loyalty to FSU and for the constant support that he gave to FSU soccer. I would also like to thank all of the players and staff that worked so hard over the years to help create a program that has been consistently at the top of D1 women’s soccer.

“Finally, I want to wish the team, the school and my fellow coaches continued success as you move forward in a new direction.”

It’s not clear what Krikorian’s next step will be, although he is a coach who will certainly be in demand. Krikorian has coached at the national level and in the WUSA with the Philadelphia Courage from 2000-03.

A few hours after Krikorian’s statement, FSU announced that AD Michael Alford would have a national search for a new soccer coach.

“Coach (Mark) Krikorian has done a remarkable job over his tenure here and all Florida State alumni and supporters deeply appreciate not only what he has accomplished in terms of championships, but the caliber of graduates he has produced,” said Alford. “We all wish him and his family well.

“We have the best women’s soccer program in the country and we will identify and pursue the best coach for our program. We have committed resources that are second to none and will continue to invest in the student-athlete experience.”

Florida State president Richard McCullough also praised the Seminoles’ legendary head coach.

“We’re saddened that Coach Krikorian will be leaving FSU,” said McCullough. “He is one of the most successful coaches in collegiate women’s soccer history, and we are grateful for his years of service, his dedication to our student-athletes and the glory he brought to our university. We wish him all the best in the future as we look forward to our soccer program’s continued success.”