Hiram College

Hiram, OH 44240
Ohio Midwest
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Michael Cracas

Michael Cracas enters his third season as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Hiram College in 2017. In his first two seasons at the helm, Cracas has revamped the program, both on the field and in the classroom.


Hiram Highlights (2015-Present)

- Led midfielder Allie Glatt to become school's first-ever back-to-back All-Ohio, and Academic All-Ohio, honoree. Glatt also finished her career with three All-NCAC honors, and finished as the Hiram career-leader in assists and second on the career list in total goals

- Led team to school record in road victories and conference wins during 2015 season

- Team earned back-to-back NSCAA Team Academic awards, including a cumulative GPA of 3.4 in 2016

- Helped Glatt to record-setting season in 2015, including most goals (12) assists (7) and total points (31)

- Coached ten different players to career-best seasons in '15; including Katelyn Mauch, Abbey Rowe, Kait Zemanski and Allie Cowell

- Team earned back-to-back NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award


Prior to leading the Terrier women's program, Cracas served in multiple facets at Oberlin College for six seasons, including assistant coach, associate head coach, and strength and conditioning coordinator.


Oberlin Highlights (2009-2015)

- Helped lead Oberlin to a program record 10 wins in 2014

- Trained two of the Yeowomen's top goalies, including Sarah Grabinski '10 and Kate Frost '15

- Frost finished as one of the career record holders in shutouts (12) and second in saves (439)

- Under Cracas, Frost also tied the single-season record for shutouts (five) in 2014

- Coached a pair of goalies to All-NCAC status in 2009, including First-Team honoree, Grabinski. That season the Oberlin goalkeepers dropped their goals against average to 1.50, compared with 2.10 in 2008

- Served as Acting Head Coach during 2012-13 academic year. Recruited 12 players, including two All-State honorees, an All-Region selection and several State ODP members

- Served as school's strength and conditioning coach for all 21 varsity sports


Mike brings over 16 years of experience coaching and training goalkeepers. In addition to his duties at Hiram, 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 additional twelve goalkeepers have gone on to play at Division III institutions.


As a player at Defiance College, Mike served as the starting goalkeeper and was named to the All-Conference Team (1994) while also participating in the Kendis National All-Star Game (1995).


Cracas earned his Master’s degree in Sports-Exercise Psychology from Argosy University (Ill.) in June of 2012 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Defiance College in May of 1999. Mike currently holds a USSF National License as well as the NSCAA State (Level 1) and Regional (Level 2) Goalkeeper Diplomas. In addition to his coaching certifications, Cracas is also a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through IFPA. Additionally, he is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Mike and his wife, Kelly, reside in Avon Lake with their four children.

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Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson is in her first season as a women's soccer assistant coach at Hiram.


Wilson joins the Terriers after a successful four-year career at Alma (Mich.). She was a two-time team captain and earned First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) honors in 2014 and 2015. In her four seasons, she tallied 23 goals and 14 assists, while starting in 65 of 75 games for the Scots.


Wilson has also served as a club coach with Midland Soccer Club. She also has worked at camps at Michigan State and Grand Valley State (Mich.) as a coach.


She graduated from Alma in 2016 with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Communication.

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Dan Zemanski

Dan Zemanski will enter his fourth season as head men's soccer coach in 2016. He also spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Hiram.


In his first three seasons, Zemanski has led Hiram to a 19-30-6 (.382) record.


Zemanski led Hiram to a 6-9-3 overall mark in 2015. He saw four players earn All-NCAC honors, including a First Team All-NCAC selection in Tanner Matthews.


Zemanski led the Terriers to a 8-8-2 record in the 2014 season, including a ranking as high at No. 15, after Hiram started 5-1-0. Hiram also finished sixth in the NCAC with a 3-4-2 mark and landed three All-NCAC honorees.


Zemanski worked closely with former Head Coach Carl Capellas to build the Hiram program to be one of the most competitive in the nationally respected North Coast Athletic Conference.


Zemanski is a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he also played soccer as a student-athlete for the Tarheels. Before arriving at UNC in 1982, Zemanski played for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1988-1995, he played semi-professional soccer with the Lake Erie All-Stars.


Prior to coming to Hiram, Zemanski was an Assistant Boys' Soccer coach at Hudson High School. He also coached youth soccer with the GFS Soccer Club and the Everest Soccer Club in Hudson where he currently works as director of the club and has won several State-Cup Championships. He currently coaches the Everest U18 premier team. In addition, he has made coaching stops at Upper St. Clair High School in Western, Pennsylvania and the Beadling Soccer Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Zemanski is one of the premier youth coaches in Northeast Ohio who has coached several of the top youth players in the area. His son, Ben, currently plays for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.


Zemanski currently resides in Stow, Ohio.

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Ross Minick

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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