Mark Krikorian is leaving Florida State

Mark Krikorian, who led Florida State to its third NCAA Division I women's championship in December, has stepped down as head coach.

"Every coach has a shelf life and it is time for me to move onto my next chapter," Krikorian said of his decision, which he announced via email.. "While the university offered me a generous contract, my decision is not based on money.

Krikorian led the Seminoles to NCAA Championships in 2014, 2018 and 2021. They made 11 appearances in the College Cups in his 17 years in charge and reached the final six times.

Krikorian also coached Franklin Pierce two NCAA Division II titles in 1994 and 1995 and coached at Hartford. He was the Philadelphia Charge head coach in WUSA and coached the U.S. U-19 national team in 2004. That squad included future U.S. world champions Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez and Ashlyn Harris.

Krikorian is the fourth coach who has won a Division I women's title who has left his post in the offseason after Amanda Cromwell, Keidane McAlpine and Chris Petrucelli.

NCAA Division I women's head coaching moves
1. Air Force. Larry Friend --> Laura Busby (LSU assistant coach).
2. UAlbany. Leigh Howard --> Sade Ayinde (Yale assistant coach).
3. Appalachian State. Sarah Strickland --> Aimee Haywood (Queens coach).
4. Austin Peay. Naomi Kolarova --> Kim McGowan (Miami, Ohio associate coach).
5. Baylor. Paul Jobson --> Michelle Lenard (Dallas Baptist head coach).
6. Bellarmine. Chris Tinius --> Paul Babba (Kentucky assistant coach).
7. Campbell. Samar Azem --> Jeff Gross (UNC Greensboro associate coach).
8. Chicago State. Cristiano Costa --> Mario Felix (Southern Utah associate coach).
9. Colorado College. Geoff Bennett --> Keri Sanchez (Illinois Wesleyan head coach).
10. East Carolina. Jason Hamilton --> Gary Higgins (Lenoir-Rhyne head coach).
11. Fordham. Jessica Clinton --> Magnus Nilerud (Bridgeport head coach).
12. Georgia. Billy Lesesne --> Keidane McAlpine (USC head coach).
13. Houston. Diego Bocanegra --> Jaime Frias (Virginia assistant coach).
14. Idaho State. Debs Brereton --> Dustin Downey (Chicago FC United coach).
15. Kentucky. Ian Curry --> Troy Fabiano (Milwaukee head coach).
16. Lehigh. Eric Lambinus --> Lauren Calabrese (Lehigh assistant coach).
17. Louisiana. Lance Key --> Chris McBride (Southeastern Louisiana head coach).
18. Loyola Marymount. Jenny Bindon --> Chris Chamides (Cal State LA men's coach).
19. Maryland. Ray Leone --> Meghan Ryan Nemzer (Rutgers associate coach).
20. Missouri State. Rob Brewer --> Kirk Nelson (Missouri State associate coach).
21. Mount St. Mary's. Tori Krause --> Melissa Sherwood (Northwestern State associate coach).
22. Morehead State. Warren Lipka --> Chris Fox (High Point associate coach).
23. Northern Illinois. Julie Colhoff --> Michael O'Neill (Saginaw Valley State head coach).
24. Oral Roberts. Roger Bush --> Austin Risenhoover (California associate coach).
25. *SMU. Chris Petrucelli --> Nicole Nelson (SMU assistant coach).
26. St. Francis (Pa.). Ellie Davis --> Sara Yunez (St. Bonaventure assistant coach).
27. Texas State. Kat Conner --> Steve Holeman (Lamar head coach).
28. Troy. Nicole Waters (interim)-->  Robert Lane (Georgia assistant coach).
29. *UCLA. Amanda Cromwell --> Margueritte Aozasa (Stanford assistant).
30. *USC. Keidane McAlpine --> Jane Alukonis (UCLA assistant coach)
31. USC Upstate. Tyson John --> Sharif Saber (Mt. Olive head coach).
32. Villanova. Chris McLain --> Samar Azem (Campbell head coach).
33. Western Illinois. Eric Johnson --> Josée Primeau (Western Illinois associate coach)
34. *Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Troy Fabiano --> Kevin Boyd.
Note: Interim coaches filled vacancies at Louisiana Tech (Steve Voltz), Pacific (Danesha Adams and JJ Wozniak), Tulsa (Jim Rhein) and Wisconsin-Green Bay (Julie Grutzner).

Charlotte. John Cullen -->
*Florida State
. Mark Krikorian -->
Holy Cross
. Kyle Bak -->
Steve Holeman --> TBA.
Sam Houston State. Tom Brown --> TBA.
San Jose State. Lauren Hanson --> TBA.
Southeastern Louisiana. Chris McBride --> TBA.
UTRGV. Glad Bugariu --> TBA.
*Made 2021 NCAA Division I Tournament.

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