Men's Soccer Head Coach
Kyle Symczak, who is currently in his third season with the men's soccer program, has been named Interim Head Coach of Centenary men’s soccer for the 2016 season.
Symczak served as a Graduate Assistant Coach in both 2014 and 2015.
In his two seasons as the only assistant at Centenary, Symczak worked in all facets of the program. He was a vital part of the day-to-day operations such as team travel and workouts with individual players as well as with recruiting. Under his tutelage, Gents goalkeeper Rylan Whan ranked in the top two in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and in the top-35 in the nation in saves per game each of the past two seasons. Centenary’s save percentage during that same time period has increased by more than 50 points.
Symczak played a huge part in the recruitment of 17 newcomers for the 2016 season, including the addition of local athletes Hardy Hall and Christian Lindsey (Captain Shreve High School) as well as Gabe Rodriguez (Airline High School).
Prior to joining the Gents soccer coaching staff, Symczak earned a degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College in 2013. The Woodbridge, Virginia, native was a four-year member of the Hornets men’s soccer team from 2008-2011, including serving as the captain his senior season. In his career, Symczak appeared in 88 games and has eight goals (three game winning) with four assists and 20 points. In 2010, he helped unranked Lynchburg reach the NCAA Division III title game. The Fighting Hornets lost a heartbreaker in overtime to #3 Messiah, 2-1.
Symczak is currently working towards his Master’s in Education at Centenary College.
Ladies Soccer Head Coach
Greg Cathell begins his inaguarul season as the Centenary Ladies Soccer Coach in 2017. He is the fifth coach in the history of Ladies soccer.
Cathell comes to Shreveport after one season as an assistant women's soccer coach at Siena, where he coached seven All-Conference Players, as well as the 2016 Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the year.
The Saints finished the season with a 9-7-3 record and the second seed in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, their highest seed in 12 seasons.
For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Cathell served as the head women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. His teams excelled both on and off the pitch, as the Engineers boasted a 19-12-8 record in two seasons. Cathell’s squads also received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic Award both seasons, and he coached the first women’s soccer Athletic and Academic All-American at Rensselaer.
For four seasons prior to his stint with the Engineers, Cathell served as the assistant women’s soccer coach and head recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III Salisbury University. He helped recruit a freshmen class that went a combined 34-17-6 over three seasons, including two Regular Season Capital Athletic Conferences and two trips to the CAC Tournament Championship game, with one CAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Cathell also recruited and coached the first Sea Gulls women’s soccer player to earn CAC Rookie of the Year accolades.
From 2003-08, Cathell coached soccer at Delmar High School in Delmar, Delaware, with stints as both the boys and girls head coach. In 2008, he garnered both the State of Delaware Coach and Small School Coach of the Year honors.
Cathell was a four year NCAA Division I scholarship student athlete at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and was named All-Conference and All-Tournament Team in 2003 and 2006. In 2006, he received the Team MVP Award for the Hawks. He graduated from UMES in 2009 with a degree in secondary education – social studies concentration. Cathell received his Master’s in post-secondary education from Salisbury in December of 2012.
Cathell holds his national coaching diploma and advanced regional coaching diploma from the NSCAA.