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BALTIMORE -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Chris Kranjc of Hastings (Neb.) is the 2010 Brine-NAIA Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, presented today at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Convention. Kranjc led the Broncos to their first-ever National Championship after a 5-3 win against Notre Dame (Ohio) on Dec. 4 in Orange Beach, Ala.
Kranjc wrapped up his 12th season and led his club to a school-best 25-0 record. He holds an all-time mark of 206-47-16 (.796) and his Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) record is 126-9-4 (.921). He needs 54 more victories to reach the all-time Top 20 NAIA coaching wins list. He was honored as the 2010 GPAC Coach of the Year for the ninth time in 12 seasons.
In the National Championship, the Broncos set a Tournament record for most goals scored with 21 in five matches, including 15 in the last three games. Winning the GPAC for the 11th-straight regular season, Kranjc mentored four All-Americans this year. On the NAIA Coaches' All-America First Team were junior Derek Prinz and senior Yannic Thiel. Sophomore Jordan Green and junior Nate Polak were listed on the Honorable Mention squad.
Under Kranjc's guidance, the Broncos have won eight conference tournament championships, four regional championships and his teams have made seven appearances in the National Championship. Included in those championship trips, Hastings has played in three semifinals (2003, 2005 and 2010). The team has finished the season ranked in the final Coaches' Top 25 poll eight times, including a No. 3 spot in 2003 and 2010.
Before assuming the head coaching position at Hastings, Kranjc served as the graduate assistant for the Broncos in 1998. He is the sideline general of the Olympic Development Program and participates on the Nebraska State Soccer Association Coaching Education staff.
Kranjc earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Bellevue (Neb.), where he played soccer. He holds a Master of Arts from Hastings and recently attained a Master of Science in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania. Kranjc holds an USSF `A' License, USSF National `Youth' License, and the NSCAA Premier Diploma.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Kranjc graduated from Millard North (Neb.) High School in 1991. He is married to Sarah and they have two daughters, Jenna and Keelie, and son, Kade.
Hastings' head women's soccer coach Ted Flogaites was named the 2010 Brine-NAIA Women's Soccer National Coach of the Year after leading the Broncos to a national runner-up finish. It is the first time in the history of the award that both the men's and women's honoree have been from the same school.