Head Men's Coach
• Head Coach, Flagler College (2018-present)
• Head Coach, The University of Alabama Huntsville (2016-17)
• Head Coach, Hastings College (1999-2015)
B.S., Physical Education, Bellevue University, 1998
M.S., Teaching, Bellevue University, 2000
M.S., Sport Management, California University of Pennsylvania, 2009,
Coaching at Flagler
Chris Kranjc was hired as the 10th head men's soccer coach at Flagler on June 11, 2018.
Prior to Flagler
Kranjc boasts an impressive resume, which includes a 312-83-25 record that spans 19 years. He served as the head coach at Hastings (Neb.) College for 17 years (1999-2015) and led the Broncos to an NAIA national title in 2010 and a national runner-up finish in 2011. Kranjc’s record at Hastings was 297-67-21 and his .799 winning percentage ranks 20th all-time at the NAIA level. He was named the NAIA/NSCAA Coach of the Year in 2010.
A 15-time Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Kranjc guided the Broncos to 16 consecutive league titles (2000-15), 11 NAIA national tournament berths and four final four appearances. In 12 seasons, the Broncos were ranked no worse than No. 23 in the final NAIA poll and were ranked as high as No. 2 (2011). His teams featured 95 all-conference players including 17 GPAC Players of the Year. Kranjc also coached seven first-team All-Americans and 20 All-Americans overall, including the 2011 NAIA Player of the Year. His teams excelled off the field as well earning 11 team academic awards.
Kranjc comes to Flagler after two seasons as the head coach at The University of Alabama Huntsville. Last year he coached the team to its first Gulf South Conference Tournament final appearance since 2009. Kranjc coached six players to all-conference honors and four all-region selections. Two players were recognized for their academic success as they earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® honors last fall.
The Omaha, Nebraska native was a two-time all-conference goalkeeper for Bellevue (Neb.) University. He graduated from Bellevue with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998, and earned two master’s degrees. Kranjc earned one master’s in teaching from Hastings in 2000, and the other, a Master of Science with an emphasis on sports management, from California University of Pennsylvania. He currently holds a USSF “A” license as well as Premier Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA). Since 2016, Kranjc has served as a scout for United States Soccer Federation.
Head Women's Coach
• Head Coach, Flagler College (2014-present)
• Assistant Coach (men's), Flagler College (2012-13)
• Assistant Coach, Slippery Rock University (2008-11)
• Assistant Coach, Flagler College (2007)
B.S., History, Flagler College, 2007
M.A., Teaching, National University, 2012
Coaching at Flagler
Ashley Martin begins his fifth season as the head coach of the women's soccer team. He holds a 35-27-8 overall record. Martin was named the seventh head women's soccer coach at Flagler College on Jan. 17, 2014. He previously served two years as the assistant men's soccer coach at Flagler.
Martin has coached the Saints to three consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament appearances as well as leading the team to three consecutive seasons with a winning overall record. Last year was one of the best in the history of the program as the Saint posted a 16-3-2 overall record and went 7-1-2 in the Peach Belt. Flagler qualified for its first NCAA Division II Tournament and it defeated Limestone College 3-0 in a first round match at Columbus, Georgia. The Saints were ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation before finally settling for No. 20 in the final poll. He was selected as the PBC's Co-Coach of the Year (2017).
Charlene Nowotny earned first-team All-America honors after scoring 16 goals and tallying eight assists for 40 points. She is the first first-team All-American since Flagler moved to NCAA Division II in 2009. Five Saints earned all-conference honors led by Nowotny's first-team selection. Fio Fustagno, Abby Austin, Katie Reed and Sarah-Lisa Dubel were named to the second-team.