CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte 49ers men's soccer coach Kevin Langan has announced that assistant coach Kyle Gookins will remain on the coaching staff. Gookins has been promoted to the team's top assistant coach.
"I am delighted that Kyle is going to remain on the coaching staff at Charlotte," Langan said. "I am looking forward to working closely with Kyle as we take Charlotte Soccer into a new era. Over the past three years, Kyle has worked tirelessly for the program. He played a huge part in our successful run to the College Cup Final last season. He has a great rapport with the players and I am sure they are as delighted as I am with the news."
Gookins just completed his third season as a member of the 49ers coaching staff. He came to Charlotte after two seasons as a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, California State University-Bakersfield.
"I am honored to step into my new role within the program and to help further develop the tradition that we have created over the last few years," Gookins said. "I'm also excited to continue working with Kevin and the fantastic players that we have returning. I look forward to strengthening the ties with our alumni and the community as we move forward in creating another successful and memorable year for Charlotte Soccer."
Gookins is also a youth technical director at FC Carolina Alliance. In addition, he coaches the FCCA U-17 Premier and U-14 Huntersville Elite teams. The Lancaster, California native played for CSUB from 2000-03.
Gookins was a two-time All-CCAA and Far West Region selection. He scored 29 goals and recorded nine assists during his four-year career. His 29 career goals rank among CSUB's all-time leaders in career goals. Prior to becoming a member of the CSUB coaching staff in 2007, he played three seasons for the Bakersfield Brigade, a United Soccer League Premier Development League team.
He also coached youth soccer for the Bakersfield Strikers, which later became the Bakersfield Brigade, for nine years. Gookins earned his Bachelor's degree in History in 2004 and a Master's degree in Education in 2008 at CSUB.