Marco Koolman is currently in his eighth season at Holy Cross as the head men’s soccer coach in 2019. The 11th head coach in the history of the Crusader men's soccer program, Koolman owns a career record of 241-140-50 as a collegiate head coach, and is ranked 12th all-time in NCAA Division II history with a .707 career winning percentage.
In the 2017 season, Koolman led the Crusaders to their first Patriot League Championship game appearance since the 2013 season. After being picked 10th in the preseason poll, Koolman guided Holy Cross to a fifth place finish in the league and then onto an impressive post-season run, ending in the championship game. The Crusaders saw three all-Patriot League selections: Justin Carfora, Yuji Callahan, and Arno Rupp. Rupp was also named the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Koolman coached the team to seven shutouts, including 430 minutes of shutout play at the conclusion of the season.
The team’s five home wins during the 2016 season were its most since 2012. Also 17 players tallied at least one point, the team’s most since 1986. Junior Yuji Callahan earned third team All-Patriot League honors. Junior Arno Rupp was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
In 2015, the Crusaders went 6-8-4 overall (3-4-2 Patriot League). The Crusaders tied No. 8 and 2014 Final Four participant Providence, 1-1, while they defeated Duke, 1-0. In 2014, the team went 5-9-3 overall (2-6-1 Patriot League).
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.