Phil Kroft is the third head coach in Johnson & Wales Charlotte Men's Soccer history. He came to JWU from Davidson College, where he served as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats from 2018 to 2021. He helped the team reach the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in both 2018 and 2019, their first appearances in the event since 2014. Davidson's runner-up finish in the A-10 regular season in 2018 was their best result to date. Kroft coached a future professional player, 2 All-Conference players, and 2 A-10 All-Rookie team performers.
Before his stint at Davidson, Kroft was an assistant coach at NCAA D-III member Catholic University in Washington, DC in 2017-18. The Cardinals finished 7-7-2 under his guidance. He was responsible for recruiting, planning and executing training sessions, game planning and warm-ups, scouting opponents, nutrition education, I.D. clinics, player evaluations, player retention through developing relationships, travel coordination, and inventory management.
Kroft also has extensive club coaching experience in the Charlotte region with both FC Athletico and Charlotte Independence. He also served at the Director of Scouting of youth players for DC United soccer club from 2016-2019. He holds an National A-Senior Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation, and a Level II Certification from the Professional Football Scouts Association.