Jim Van Kirk is entering his seventh year as the Head Men's Soccer Coach, but his eighth season as a coach with the Athletic Department after coaching the women's soccer team for the 2012 season and coaching both teams in 2016.
Coming off their 5th consecutive post-season appearance under Van Kirk, finishing 11-5 overall and 8-1 the team made another title run, but fell short in the PSUAC Championship to rival Penn State Brandywine. Last season an improvement from the 2017 season when they fell in the PSUAC quarterfinals to Penn State Hazleton.
Continuing to develop the program is Van Kirk's primary focus as he plans to bring in 10+ freshman recruits again in 2019 with the goal of returning to the PSUAC Championship where they won in 2015 and have been a runner up twice (2018, 2013).
In addition to their success on the field, the team also celebrated individual awards as two players were named USCAA Academic All-Americans, one player was named USCAA All-American, one player was name USCAA Goalie of the Week, one player was named PSUAC Player of the Year, one player was named PSUAC Newcomer of the Year, seven players were named PSUAC All-Conference, 17 players were named PSUAC All-Academic and two players were named PSUAC Players of the Week.
He holds an overall men's coaching record of 57-50-4 with a PSUAC record of 44-17-1.
Van Kirk played at South Allegheny High School in McKeesport, PA. He was a four year letterman and two time All Section player for WPIAL. He also played several years in Greater Pittsburgh Amateur Soccer League.
Coach Van Kirk began his coaching career in 1997 at his alma mater, South Allegheny High School, coaching the girls program. In 2000 he was hired at Keystone Oaks High School as an assistant for the boys team. Van Kirk was also the boy's head coach at West Mifflin Area High School for three years.
Currently Coach VanKirk is a head coach for the Pittsburgh Football Club, which is a classic organization within Western Pennsylvania. He is also the director of Junior Academy . Prior to joining PFC, Coach Van Kirk was with 3 Rivers Soccer Club. Van Kirk is a member of National Soccer Coaches Association of America and currently holds a National level license with the NSCAA.