Having coached the Westminster College men’s and women’s soccer teams concurrently since 2002 and the men’s team since 1998, Girish Thakar has won a combined 301 wins and eight conference championships, while making 12 postseason appearances.
Since Thakar took over both teams ten years ago, Westminster has qualified for the NCAA Championships eight times, including three for the men (2002, 2004, 2008) and five for the women (2002-05, 2007). In addition, the eight Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles the Titans have collected includes three for the men (2002, 2006, 2008) and five for the women (2002-04, 2006-07). Thakar was named PAC Coach of the Year four times, three for women’s soccer (2002, 2005, 2006) and one for men’s (2008).
Both teams won the PAC title in the same year in 2002 and 2006, with the latter considered Thakar’s finest year of coaching as both teams won the league crowns as underdogs and qualified for the postseason in the ECAC Division III South Championships.
Thakar enters his 17th season with the men and 13th with the women in 2014 for a combined record of 337-230-51 (.587).
Thakar’s 16-year record as Westminster’s men’s coach is 164-133-21 (.549), including a team-record 17-6 mark in 2008 after the Titans won the PAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Thakar took the reins of the Westminster women’s program on an interim basis in 2002, then was named permanent head coach prior to the 2003 season. During the past 12 seasons, the Titan women are a combined 155-81-25 (.642) with five PAC championships and four-straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2002-05.
Prior to coaching at Westminster, Thakar was the head men’s coach at his alma mater, Slippery Rock University, from 1993-96, after graduating from SRU in 1991 and later earning a master’s degree from the school. As a player at Slippery Rock, Thakar was a four-year starter who earned all-PSAC honors.
Thakar's Records as a Men's Soccer Coach:
Joseph Karmazin is entering his second season as the assistant coach for the men's soccer team in 2014.
Karmazin is a 2013 graduate from Gannon University. He earned a degree in mathematics and certification for secondary education. As an athlete, Karmazin was a runner on the Gannon men's cross county team all four years and was a PSAC Scholar Athlete. Karmazin is originally from Salem, Ohio, where he played soccer from the age of six to his senior season at United Local. Joe will be working towards a masters degree in the field of education.