Head Women's Soccer Coach Chris Kouns

  •  Chris KounsChris Kouns


    Title: Head Coach

    Phone: (614) 236-6953

    Email: ckouns2@capital.edu 



    Chris Kouns enters his second year as the head women's soccer coach at Capital University. He was hired at Capital in the spring of 2011.

    In his first season at the helm, Kouns guided the Crusaders to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and the school's first-ever victory in the NCAA Division III Tournament. After closing out the regular season on a six-match unbeaten streak, Capital ran the table in the OAC Tournament, highlighted by the team's first win over Otterbein since 2007 in the semifinals. The team defeated John Carroll 4-2 in the championship game before knocking off Alma (Mich.) by a 1-0 score in the first round of the NCAAs. Kouns coached four All-OAC honorees, one CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VII selection and one Academic All-OAC pick. The team was also picked as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic award.

    In addition, the Crusaders earned three of the conference's four player of the year selections in 2011. Senior Tara Zimmer collected OAC Midfielder of the Year honors after finishing ninth in the nation with 14 assists and 19th in the NCAA in assists per game. Sophomore Maggie Donnellan garnered OAC Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, placing 11th in the nation in goalie minutes played with 1,993 and recording eight shutouts for the year. Senior Kaylee Phillips was named OAC Forward of the Year after finishing in the top five in the league in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals.

    Prior to Capital, Kouns served as a women’s soccer head coach or assistant coach at six NCAA Division I schools and an NAIA institution. From 2008 to 2010, Kouns was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Cincinnati. He helped lead the Bearcats to their first ever Big East Conference Tournament appearance in 2008.

    Kouns served as the head coach at Jacksonville University in Florida from 2004 to 2008. He led the Dolphins to the 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship and the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament. In addition, his squad received three consecutive NSCAA Team Academic awards. Kouns coached one of the program's all-time best players in Keri Zwikker, a four-time All-Atlantic Sun first team selection and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. A holder of multiple Jacksonville records, Zwikker also earned the A-Sun Freshman of the Year award and NSCAA Scholar Academic All-American third team accolades.

    From 2003 to 2004, Kouns was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He coached a pair of All-Ivy League First Team student-athletes, including Katy Cross, a 2004 GTE-CoSida Academic All-America. Before his stint at Penn, Kouns was an assistant coach for three seasons at Georgia State University, and two years as an assistant at Samford University.

    Kouns first women’s soccer head coaching position was at NAIA Union College from 1999 to 2000. At Union, Kouns led the Bulldogs to the 1999 Mid-South Conference Tournament championship and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament while posting a 15-9 record.

    A successful women’s soccer head coach on the high school level, Kouns led Fayette County High School in Georgia to an 85-29-3 record from 1993 to 1999. His team never finished lower than fifth in the state while earning five state final four appearances.

    Along with his collegiate and high school coaching, Kouns was a head coach in 2009 for the Ohio U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. In 2010, he was a coaching education instructor for the Ohio South State Soccer Association.

    Kouns graduated from Mars Hill College in North Carolina in 1992 with a bachelor’s in history and psychology. He was a four-time letterwinner for the Lions on the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels. As a senior in 1992, Kouns was an NAIA Academic All-America, and a GTE-CoSIDA All-America finalist.


    Year  School  Overall Record/Postseason Results 
    1999 Union (Ky.) College 15-9; MSC Tournament champion, NAIA Regional Round of National Championships
    2004 Jacksonville (Fla.) University 5-9-5; Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinalist
    2005 Jacksonville (Fla.) University 8-10-3; Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinalist
    2006 Jacksonville (Fla.) University 11-10-1; Atlantic Sun Tournament champion, NCAA Division I Tournament qualifier
    2007 Jacksonville (Fla.) University 7-12-1; Atlantic Sun Tournament quarterfinalist
    2011 Capital University 13-8-2; Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament champion, NCAA Division III Tournament second round
    Total    59-58-12