Kyle Symczak enters his fourth season as head coach of the Gents in 2020 after serving as the interim head coach of the program in 2016.
Symczak, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia was as a Graduate Assistant Coach in both 2014 and 2015 as he begins his seventh season with the program with a 12-36-5 record in his first three seasons (19-48-5 when including 2016 interim season).
He had an impressive debut as interim head coach in 2016 as the seven wins and only 32 goals allowed for the Gents was the most wins and least goals allowed since the 2011 season. Gents goalkeeper Rylan Whan was a Second Team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection as a goalie, while Nick Hammond earned Honorable Mention all-conference distinction.
Symczak guided the Gents to an 8-8 record in 2019 and a 3-6 mark in SCAC play. The Gents posted five shutouts during the season and went 7-3 at home. Centenary won the second-most games in a single season in the division III era and finished eighth in the SCAC standings, just missing a conference tournament berth. Wil Escobar, a sophomore midfielder from Cypress, Texas, was a First-Team All-SAC selection, marking the first time that a Centenary men's soccer player has been named first-team all-conference since 2007. Escobar led the team in goals (10) and points (20) and ranked second or tied for second in the conference in goals, goals per game, and game-winning goals.
Escobar and sophomore Sami Borchalli (Lafayette, La.) were named to the 2019 All-SCAC Men's Soccer Team as Escobar was named to the First Team while Borchalli, Centenary’s starting goalkeeper, earned Honorable Mention honors. The two selections were Centenary's first since the 2016 season and Escobar's honor marked the first time that a Gent has been named to the first team.
The Gents began the 2019 season a perfect 6-0 at home following a 2-0 victory over SCAC foe Colorado College in early October to improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play, The Maroon and White allowed only one goal in those six games, outscoring its five opponents, 14-1. Centenary recorded a five-game winning streak from Sept. 24 to Oct. 6, the program’s longest since the Gents won their final six matches of the 2011 season.
In his two seasons as the only assistant at Centenary, Symczak worked in all facets of the program. He was a vital part of the day-to-day operations such as team travel and workouts with individual players as well as with recruiting. Under his tutelage, Whan ranked in the top two in the SCAC and in the top-35 in the nation in saves per game in 2014 and 2015. Centenary’s save percentage during that same time period increased by more than 50 points. Whan went on to record the most saves in school history (404), finishing his 2016 season with 112 saves - which led the SCAC and was 39th in the country.
Symczak played a huge part in the recruitment of 17 newcomers for the 2016 season, including the addition of local athletes Hardy Hall and Christian Lindsey (Captain Shreve High School) as well as Gabe Rodriguez (Airline High School).
Prior to joining the Gents soccer coaching staff, Symczak earned a degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College in 2013 and was a four-year member of the Hornets men’s soccer team from 2008-2011, including serving as the captain his senior season. In his career, Symczak appeared in 88 games and had eight goals, including three game-winning goals, with four assists and 20 points. In 2010, he helped unranked Lynchburg reach the NCAA Division III title game as the Hornets lost a heartbreaker in overtime to #3 Messiah, 2-1.
Symczak earned a Master’s in education degree from Centenary in April 2017.