The Hiram College athletic department has announced the hiring a Michael Cracas as the next head coach of the women’s soccer program.
He takes over duties for Bob Dean, who resigned after 11 seasons.
Cracas is no stranger to Hiram and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), having served in a coaching capacity at Oberlin for the past six seasons.
He served as the associate head coach of the women’s soccer program at Oberlin since 2014, where he trained the goalkeepers. Cracas also served as the strength & conditioning coach for the athletic department during that time.
He also was the acting head coach at Oberlin from November 2012 to November 2013. He was hired as an assistant coach for the Yeowomen in 2009.
Cracas brings more than 10 years of experience coaching and training goalkeepers. In addition to his duties with Oberlin, 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 addition, 12 goalkeepers have gone on to play at Division III institutions.
Prior to Oberlin College, he coached at Defiance College, Avon Lake High School and Keystone High School. His experience also includes coaching at the club level for more than seven years as a Club Coach, Director of Goalkeeper Training and as the Goalkeeper Coach. At the club level he has coached boys and girls teams in the U16, U17 and U18 age groups.
He graduated from Defiance with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management in 1999 and received his Masters of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology from Argosy (Ill.).