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 319 wins and eight conference championships, while making 13 postseason appearances. Thakar enters his 17th season with the men and 13th with the women in 2014 for a combined record of 319-214-46 (.591).
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.
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’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.
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 Westminster's Head Women's Soccer Coach:
Gabriel Kleinert is entering his second season as the assistant coach for the Westminster women's soccer team in 2014. Kleinert was a volunteer coach from 2011-2012 with both the Titan men's and women's soccer teams.
A United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "C" licensed coach, Kleinert has been coaching at PA Crew Soccer Academy for the past three years and currently coaches the U16 and U17 girls teams. His teams have won Jefferson Cup, Baltimore Mania, Ohio Nike Challenge Cup, Columbia Invitational, US Club Regionals, and have finished as State Cup Finalists. Kleinert possesses a NSCAA National Diploma and a Coerver Youth Diploma.
As a player, Kleinert was a four-year starter at Geneva College, where the Golden Tornadoes recorded the third-most wins in school history (53). He graduated from Geneva in 2011 with degree's in Business and Sports Management. Kleinert is originally from Lansdale, Pa.