Ken Lolla: 'There is a calling we are to fulfill'

Ten months after signing a contract extension and one month after leading Louisville to its first ACC Men's Tournament title, head coach Ken Lolla has resigned.

The surprise move comes after 13 seasons, and was prompted, Lolla said in a statement, by a desire by his wife, Tina, and him to "seek new challenges."

"Thirteen years ago," he said, "God blessed Tina and I with the opportunity to come to Louisville and be a part of this amazing Cardinal family and the Louisville community. We are forever grateful for the acceptance, support, and love we have received from the Louisville community. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent such an outstanding institution and special community. Recently, we have received similar promptings from God that it is time to seek new challenges. We have always been faithful to those promptings and we will move forward faithfully, knowing there is a calling we are to fulfill."

Lolla, a star at Duke in the 1980s, came to Louisville in 2006 after 13 seasons as the head coach at Akron, whose program he helped revitalize. At Louisville, he led the Cardinals, who had never made the NCAA Tournament before he arrived, to 11 postseason appearances in 13 seasons -- and five straight appearances in the quarterfinals. Lolla is a former coach in the U.S. youth national team program, working with the under-15 boys.

The decision to leave Louisville was a surprise. Lolla's new contract, which went through 2022, paid him more than $300,000 a year, and the program was one of the best supported in the country.

In 2014, Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium -- one of the best college stadiums in the country -- was opened, and Louisville led the nation in total attendance (46,433 fans for 13 home games).
3 comments about "Ken Lolla: 'There is a calling we are to fulfill'".
  1. schultz rockne, December 12, 2018 at 1:13 p.m.

    The cuckoo clocks are-a-ringing! Warn the native islanders of the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and beyond...wait, wha? FIFA's already on the way with a Usonian-affiliated freighter full of soccer balls?! Christ almighty! Anybody know if he suffered from this condition while at Akron?

  2. Richard Broad, December 12, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.

    I have known Ken Lolla since his playing days at Duke. Then, and now, he has always conducted himself as a competitor and sportsman and represented his institution with dignity and class. Soccer needs people like Ken Lolla. For the sake of the sport, I hope he remains involved in the game in some capacity.

  3. uffe gustafsson, December 12, 2018 at 10:53 p.m.

    Did I read that correct god is now involved in soccer?
    Or they meant to go out and spread the good word to people in need. Hope the latter.

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