Kyle Symczak, who is currently in his sixth season with the men's soccer program for the 2019 season, was named Head Coach of Centenary Gents soccer for the 2017 season after serving as interim head coach in 2016.
Named interim head coach shortly before the 2016 season, Symczak had quite the coaching debut. The seven wins and only 32 goals allowed for the Gents was the most wins and least goals allowed since the 2011 season. Rylan Whan earned Second Team All-Conference selection as a goalie, while Nick Hammond grabbed Honorable Mention honors.
Symczak served as a Graduate Assistant Coach in both 2014 and 2015.
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, Gents goalkeeper Rylan Whan ranked in the top two in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 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 has 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. The Woodbridge, Virginia, native 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 has eight goals (three game winning) with four assists and 20 points. In 2010, he helped unranked Lynchburg reach the NCAA Division III title game. The Fighting Hornets lost a heartbreaker in overtime to #3 Messiah, 2-1.
Symczak graduated in April 2017 with a Master’s in education degree at Centenary College.