Holy Cross Camps' Staff
Marco Koolman, Head Coach
Marco Koolman is currently in his fourth season at Holy Cross as the head men’s soccer coach in 2015. The 11th head coach in the history of the Crusader men's soccer program, Koolman owns a career record of 220-103-35 as a collegiate head coach, and is ranked 12th all-time in NCAA Division II history with a .707 career winning percentage.
Koolman's second season as the Crusaders' head coach saw the team finish the season with a 9-9-2 record (6-3-0 Patriot League), advancing to the Patriot League championship game. The Crusaders' nine overall wins were their most since going 9-5-5 in 2008, while their six Patriot League victories tied for their most all-time with the 2001 team which went 6-0-1 in league play. Holy Cross' 24 goals were its most since netting 26 in 2007 and its 25 goals allowed were its lowest since allowing 18 in 2009.
In Koolman’s first season, the Crusaders went 5-10-2 overall and tied for fourth place in the Patriot League with a 2-3-2 record just missing qualification for the 2012 Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders’ at-home record of 5-1-1 was their best home record since the 2002 season when they went 7-1-1. The team’s 16 goals were its most since scoring 23 in 2008.
Koolman came to Holy Cross from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, where he served as the head coach and director of soccer from July of 2011 to March of 2012. He was previously on the staff at Boston College for two years, during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Koolman helped the Eagles to an overall record of 10-5-5 and a trip the NCAA Tournament as associate head coach in 2010, while Boston College went 14-9-0 and made the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009 when he was an assistant coach.
Koolman spent nine seasons as the head coach at Franklin Pierce University from 2000-2008, with the Ravens winning the NCAA Division II national championship in 2007. Franklin Pierce went 127-46-22 overall and 86-21-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference during Koolman's tenure, making six consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2003-2008. In addition to winning the national championship in 2007, the Ravens were the national runner-up in 2005 and advanced to the national quarterfinals in 2004.
Koolman also led his Franklin Pierce teams to three straight Northeast-10 regular season titles from 2005-2007, and the Northeast-10 tournament championship in 2006. He was named National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2007, in addition to being honored as the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year three times (2004, 2006 and 2007).
Prior to his time at Franklin Pierce, Koolman was the head coach at Gannon University from 1991-1996. He led the Golden Knights to an overall record of 74-29-6 during his six-year tenure, with the team advancing to the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 1993. Koolman also earned NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors in 1993.
A native of the Netherlands, Koolman earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Gannon in 1991, then went on to receive a master's degree in health services administration from Gannon in 2001. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Knights from 1987-1990, and still ranks second all-time at Gannon and is tied for 24th all-time in NCAA Division II with 44 career assists.
Ben Graham, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
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Ben Graham is currently in his first season at Holy Cross as an assistant men's soccer coach in 2016. He also serves as the goalkeepers coach. Graham spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford as the Cardinal won the 2015 national championship.
Graham joined Stanford in 2014, helping the team earn back-to-back PAC-12 Tournament titles and a national championship in 2015 after the Cardinal made it to the NCAA Tournament second round in 2014.
At Stanford, Graham coached Andrew Epstein, who received 2014 and 2015 second team PAC-12 All-Conference accolades, and was a NSCAA Academic All-American. Epstein ranked 10th in the nation for lowest goals against average at 0.61.
Prior to Stanford, he was an assistant coach at Northeastern from 2012-2014 where he worked with the goalkeepers, while assisting with recruiting players and scouting opponents. He helped the Huskies to their first-ever CAA title and a NCAA Tournament second round appearance in 2012. He coached Oliver Blum to the fifth lowest goals against average in the nation at 0.56.
Building the program from the ground up, Graham served as the head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Marymount College from 2009-2012. He coordinated all coaching and administrative duties for the program.
Graham was also an assistant coach at California State University, Bakersfield from 2007-2009. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, from 2005-2007.
Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, Graham received his bachelor of laws and juris doctor degrees from the University of Sheffield (England) in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He played semi-professionally in the United Kingdom before coming to the United States to pursue coaching at the high school and club level in 2000. He won a high school state championship in Maine in 2002 and was named the NSCAA Coach of the Year in the state.
Graham currently holds a USSF A license, a USSF National Goalkeeping License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma.