Wojtek Krakowiak

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Wojtek Krakowiak
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-08-06) August 6, 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Kielce, Poland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996-1997 St. John's Red Storm
1998 Clemson Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Charleston Battery 3 (0)
2000-2001 San Jose Earthquakes 25 (5)
2001 Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 (0)
2003 New Jersey Stallions 16 (7)
Teams managed
2006 Rutgers–Newark (assistant)
2007-2009 Rutgers–Newark
2010 Montana State University Billings (assistant)
2011 Montana State University Billings
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wojtek Krakowiak (Polish pronunciation: [ˈvɔi̯t͡ɛk ˈkrakɔviak], born August 6, 1976 in Kielce, Poland) is retired Polish-American football (soccer) midfielder who is the head coach of the Montana State University Billings women's soccer team. He played professionally in Major League Soccer.

Player[edit]

Youth[edit]

Krakowiak moved to Clifton, New Jersey with his family in 1993, and became a United States citizen in March 2000.[1] He graduated from Clifton High School in 1995 and is a member of the Clifton High School Hall of Fame. During his two seasons at Clifton, he scored seventy-nine goals, a school record. In the fall of 1995, he entered St. John's University where a torn anterior cruciate ligament led him to redshirt his freshman season. In 1996, he was part of the Red Storm team which won the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship. He transferred to Clemson University for his junior season where he scored thirty-one goals and added eight assists. That year, he was selected as an All-American and won the Hermann Trophy.[2]

Professional[edit]

Krakowiak left Clemson at the end of the season and moved to Europe where he had trials with teams in Belgium and Germany. On February 7, 1999, the San Jose Clash selected Krakowiak in the second round (fifteenth overall) in the 1999 MLS College Draft.[3] Krakowiak had dropped so low in the draft because his pursuit of a European career. He returned to the United States during the summer of 1999 to train with the Clash, but did not sign with them before returning to Europe to play in the German third division. He also played three games with the Charleston Battery of the USL A-League in August 1999.[4] In February 2000, he signed with the San Jose Earthquakes, playing two seasons before being waived on June 12, 2001. The Tampa Bay Mutiny signed him on June 30, 2001. He played 75 minutes in an away game against the Kansas City Wizards but was waived on July 20, 2001, to make room for Danny Pena. In 2003 and 2004, he played for the New Jersey Stallions in the Premier Development League.

Coach[edit]

Krakowiak coached the Kent Place School girls' and the Wayne Valley High School boy's soccer teams. In 2006, Krakowiak served as an assistant coach with the Rutgers–Newark men's soccer team. In November 2007, the school elevated Krakowiak to head coach of its women's soccer team. In 2010, he served as the assistant soccer coach to the Montana State University women's team. After helping to lead the team to their first ever NCAA appearance, he was promoted to head coach. He is currently serving as the Head Coach of the MSUB women's soccer team.

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