Passing on principles of success through soccer to inspire change, motivate growth and encourage personal development in the lives of others has been the trademark of Coach Lolla's career for over 25 years.
Recognized twice as the National Coach of the Year, Ken Lolla's success is based on the timeless principles and character based leadership skills that he passionately teaches others through coaching, mentoring, professional speaking, video tutorials, writing and summer camps.
When it comes to building a soccer program into a national powerhouse, Coach Lolla has emerged as a top leader in the industry. Lolla most recently guided the University of Louisville to the 2010 NCAA College Cup Final, 2010 Big East Championship, #1 National ranking, and 20-1-3 record. Ken was named the 2010 National Coach of the Year and his staff was named the 2010 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. Just 5 seasons earlier, Coach Lolla inherited the Cardinals program with a 5-11-2 record that had never been to the NCAA tournament.
Coach Lolla had much of the same success in his 13 seasons at Akron where he guided the Zips to a 160-68-25 record, established a #1 National Ranking in 2005, won eight MAC Championships, and made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Ken is the all-time winningest coach in the program's storied 50-year history, a four time MAC Coach of the year, and was recently inducted into the Akron Hall of Fame.
In his first head-coaching job at Belmont Abbey College in 1989, Coach Lolla posted a 49-16-3 record in three seasons. Ken's team's won three consecutive Carolinas Conference Championships, earning coach Lolla the 1990 Carolinas Conference Coach of the Year and the 1992 NSCAA-NAIA National Coach of the Year
Ken has served as the U-15 National Team Coach and as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Duke University. Coach Lolla has coached over 20 players to go on to play professionally in the MLS, USL, MISL, and PASL.
As a player at Duke University, Ken was the team captain for the men's soccer team, a two-time All-American, three time All Atlantic Coast Conference Player, and one of 55 Players named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Men's Soccer Team
Ken played professionally for the Canton Invaders of the NPSL, the Charlotte Gold of the USL, and the New Jersey Eagles and the Penn-Jersey Spirit of the ASL. With Canton Ken was also the Youth Development Director and handled community and public relations with appearances.
Lolla holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Duke University. Lolla is married to the former Tina Bowman. The couple has three children, a fourteen year old son Tyler, an eleven year old daughter Kristiana, and a seven year old son Elijah.
"I love the positive energy that you bring into the room, and the way that you relate that "real joy" to others. You are a very special person, with quite a terrific family, and those young men that you coach are so fortunate to be associated with you at this stage in their lives. I wish you and your team continued success!"-Donald A. Hobden, Executive Manager, The Kia Stores
"Coach Lolla’s Speech was another example of the his servant-based leadership, strong faith, and passion for inspiring others that clearly differentiates this extraordinary individual as he brought forth a very compelling and an arrestingly positive challenge to each of us to step back and gain a greater appreciation for the gifts in our lives and the choices we can make going forward to enrich and support ourselves and others."-Greg Vincenti, St Albert Soccer Coach
"Coach Lolla is one of the finest examples of leadership we have in our community, and quite frankly, in all of sports and he is unselfishly inspiring many others to join him on this road toward fulfillment and joyful success."-Greg Vincenti, St Albert Soccer Coach
"I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. I will never forget the impact from all the great speeches you gave to us before/after training and games, in your office, on Sunday evenings, and in public You gave me the opportunity on the soccer field and you have given me the opportunity to reach my goals now that my soccer career has finished.."-Jack Sisterson, UofL Soccer Alumni
"I attribute your players’ classy behavior and conduct to you and your coaching staff. Thank you. Thank you for teaching these young men respect and sportsmanship. As a teacher myself, people are quick to complain, but very rarely share the compliments. I just thought you would like to know it hasn't gone unnoticed."-Kathy, Mother of a player from a Division 1 Opponent
"Wow! That is all I can say about this morning. You changed some guys lives today, & more importantly this will lead to guys changing other folks lives. What an inspiration. Maybe our best ever."-Kevin Mercer, Men's Ministry, Trinity World Outreach Center
"I left the meeting jazzed up. Coach Lolla is a guy you want to be led by. I can certainly understand why he has been successful. "-Mark Schuhmann, Rotary Club of Louisville
“I had the great privilege of spending three days “behind the scenes” of the Men’s Soccer program at the University of Louisville. I was there to observe Coach Ken Lolla’s program up close and personal. How did I choose Coach Lolla and Louisville? I asked a ton of my college coaching colleagues if they could study the art of coaching under only one college coach, who would it be. Ken won in a landslide!”-Mike Giuliano, Ph.D., Head Coach, Men's Soccer at Wheaton College
"Several students mentioned your lecture as being one of the highlights of the semester, not just in my class but throughout their curriculum! The students, the SPAD department, and I thank you for your insight regarding leadership."-Nick Stover, Professor at UofL and GM of the Louisville Lightning
"I was blown away with the insight Coach Lolla shed on us! I would be hard pressed to find someone in our organization who did not come away with a positive message they learned from you. We are all looking forward to your continued success at Louisville and I hope you look for us in the stands because you have gained some new followers!"-Ryan Miranda, Brasch Barry General Contractors Inc.,