Michael Cracas enters his fifth season as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Hiram College in 2019. In his first two seasons at the helm, Cracas revamped the program, both on the field and in the classroom.
Hiram Highlights (2015-Pres.)
- Led midfielder Allie Glatt to become school's first-ever back-to-back All-Ohio, and Academic All-Ohio, honoree. Glatt also finished her career with three All-NCAC honors, and finished as the Hiram career-leader in assists and second on the career list in total goals
- Led team to school record in road victories and conference wins during 2015 season
- Team earned fourth NSCAA Team Academic award under Cracas, 11th consecutive season overall in 2018
- Helped Glatt to record-setting season in 2015, including most goals (12) assists (7) and total points (31)
- Coached ten different players to career-best seasons in '15; including Katelyn Mauch, Abbey Rowe, Kait Zemanski and Allie Cowell
- Team earned NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award (2015-2018)
-Coached goalie Ally-Green to Second-Team ALL-NCAC Selection, ranking first in the conference in total saves (108) and saves per game (8.31) in 2017
- Emily Syrjala was named a Second-Team Academic All-Ohio selection by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association in 2017
-Led Green and Hannah Ward to becoming the first Terriers to be named First Team All-Conference 2018
-Helped three players Green, Ward, and Bell to achieve All-Ohio honors by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association in 2018
Prior to leading the Terrier women's program, Cracas served in multiple facets at Oberlin College for six seasons, including assistant coach, associate head coach, and strength and conditioning coordinator.
Oberlin Highlights (2009-2015)
- Helped lead Oberlin to a program record 10 wins in 2014
- Trained two of the Yeowomen's top goalies, including Sarah Grabinski '10 and Kate Frost '15
- Frost finished as one of the career record holders in shutouts (12) and second in saves (439)
- Under Cracas, Frost also tied the single-season record for shutouts (five) in 2014
- Coached a pair of goalies to All-NCAC status in 2009, including First-Team honoree, Grabinski. That season the Oberlin goalkeepers dropped their goals against average to 1.50, compared with 2.10 in 2008
- Served as Acting Head Coach during 2012-13 academic year. Recruited 12 players, including two All-State honorees, an All-Region selection and several State ODP members
- Served as school's strength and conditioning coach for all 21 varsity sports
Mike brings over 16 years of experience coaching and training goalkeepers. In addition to his duties at Hiram, Cracas currently owns and operates Quick Hands Goalkeeper Training, LLC., which specializes in goalkeeper training for goalies of all ages. For the past four years six goalkeepers that have trained with him have received and accepted Division I or Division II scholarships. In additional twelve goalkeepers have gone on to play at Division III institutions.
As a player at Defiance College, Mike served as the starting goalkeeper and was named to the All-Conference Team (1994) while also participating in the Kendis National All-Star Game (1995).
Cracas earned his Master’s degree in Sports-Exercise Psychology from Argosy University (Ill.) in June of 2012 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Defiance College in May of 1999. Mike currently holds a USSF National License as well as the NSCAA State (Level 1) and Regional (Level 2) Goalkeeper Diplomas. In addition to his coaching certifications, Cracas is also a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through IFPA. Additionally, he is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Mike and his wife, Kelly, reside in Avon Lake with their four children.