is retiring after 27 years as the men's head coach at Florida International University, which he helped build into a national power.
He guided the Golden Panthers
to NCAA Division II championships in 1982 and 1984, and three other FIU teams reached the national finals, including his 1996 team that played for the NCAA Division I crown against St. John's. FIU
has competed in the NCAA Division I Tournament four of the last six years and eight times since beginning competition in DI soccer in 1987.
Kremser retires from FIU with a 337-210-41
career record. He posted a 324-171-41 mark at FIU and guided the Golden Panthers to 24 winning seasons. He also coached three years at Davidson.
At FIU, Kremser coached a number of future
MLS stars. Robin Fraser
, the 1996 MLS Rookie of the Year, Steve Ralston
, Jeff Cassar
and Bobby Boswell
all became U.S. internationals. Tyrone
has played for Jamaica.
Since the three major Florida schools -- Florida, Florida State and Miami -- have never had men's soccer programs, FIU was able to become a college
soccer institution in Florida. But FIU in recent years caught the football bug, and the addition of a D1 football program put pressure on the soccer program. In early 2003, FIU announced plans to
drop men's soccer only to rescind that decision because of the public outcry the next day.
''I think we could have done even more with the program with the support of the school,''
the Miami Herald
. "We could have turned this into an unbelievable beacon for
Still, FIU soccer has been an important part of the Miami community, offering college opportunities to immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America.
German-born Kremser was a three-sport star in college. He helped Army reach the NCAA final four soccer tournament and also was a high jumper at West Point.
He then transferred to
Tennessee, where he was a soccer-style placekicker. The highlight of his collegiate football career came with a 54-yard field goal (an SEC record at the time) that helped the Vols defeat Alabama,
10-9, in 1968. He later kicked for the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
Long-time assistant Munga Eketebi
, a former FIU star, is expected to replace
Kremser. FIU athletic director Pete Garcia
told the Miami Herald
that Eketebi would be a "serious candidate.''