Head Soccer Coach

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Head Soccer Coach

Frank Kohlenstein

Frank Kohlenstein begins his 11th year as the head coach of the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer program in 2008. Kohlenstein is also in his fourth season as the head coach of the CSM women's soccer program.

In his first 10 seasons with the CSM men, Kohlenstein has compiled an overall record of 115-74-17 (.600 winning percentage). Kohlenstein was selected as the RMAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 2000-02 and earned Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2006.

In 2007, the Oredigger men compiled an 11-9-2 overall record (7-6-1 RMAC) and advanced into the RMAC Tournament championship match. Three Orediggers earned All-RMAC recognition, including Craig Thompson, who was selected as the RMAC Player of the Year. A unanimous First Team All-RMAC pick, Thompson also garnered RMAC Academic Player of the Year laurels. Thompson, Nick Kubala and Ross Davis earned All-Midwest Region honors, as well.

Two seasons ago, in 2006, Kohlenstein led CSM to a 13-7-1 overall record and a third-place finish in the RMAC (9-3-0). The Orediggers landed six All-RMAC selections and three All-Midwest Region picks.

CSM earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2005 and notched an opening-round victory over Incarnate Word. However, the season concluded with a 1-0 setback to Fort Lewis College, the eventual national champion, in the second round.

In 2004, Kohlenstein led the Orediggers to a 10-4-5 overall mark and a third-place showing in the RMAC with a 7-3-2 mark. CSM ended its season with a 2-2 draw in the RMAC Tournament Semifinals, but lost the match on penalty kicks. Kohlenstein guided the 2003 edition of the Orediggers to their second straight RMAC Regular-Season Championship (9-3-0 in conference play) and the #1 seed in the RMAC Tournament.

From 2000-02, Kohlenstein led CSM to a combined 43-15-5 mark. In 2000, Kohlenstein guided Mines to a 14-4-4 overall mark and an appearance in the RMAC Championship match. The following season, in 2001, the Orediggers went 13-7-0 overall and finished second in the RMAC standings. The 2002 Orediggers won the RMAC Tournament Championship and finished the season with a school-record 16 wins en route to a #19 national ranking and a #3 regional ranking.

Kohlenstein owns a 407-186-52 career record (.671 winning percentage), and the 2008 season will be his 29th in the collegiate and / or professional ranks.

Prior to his arrival in Golden, Kohlenstein spent the 1995 season at the helm of the Raleigh Flyers and the 1997 campaign as the head coach of the Richmond Kickers. Kohlenstein also spent 10 years at the University of South Carolina - Spartanburg, where the Rifles made three trips to the Final Four. During his six years at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (NCAA Division I), Kohlenstein led the 49ers to their first-ever NCAA playoff berth. Kohlenstein led the 49ers to another pair of NCAA playoff appearances during his stay at UNC - Charlotte.

While taking five different teams on five different levels to the playoffs, Kohlenstein has coached 26 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans, one Rhodes Scholar, five National Team players and 138 All-Conference athletes.

Kohlenstein received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Florida State in 1976 before going on to earn his master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State in 1977.

Kohlenstein and wife, Debbie, reside in Golden with their dogs Aussie (18), Digsby (9), Scarlett (6), their cats Bubbster (17) and Cobbie (15), and their guinea pig Gus (5).


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