Thirty years of building a culture of success has led to Ken Lolla’s illustrious coaching career.  He has been recognized twice as the National Coach of the Year. 


When it comes to building a soccer program into a national powerhouse, Ken emerged as a top leader in the industry. Using soccer as a tool for growing young men, Lolla guided three separate collegiate programs to national prominence.  Most recently, he led the University of Louisville to the 2010 NCAA College Cup Final, 2010 Big East Championship, 2018 ACC Championship, and a #1 National ranking. 

Ken had much of the same results in his thirteen seasons at Akron, where he guided the Zips to a number-one national ranking, won eight conference championships, and made five straight NCAA tournament appearances. Ken is the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history and was inducted into the Akron Hall of Fame. 

Ken began his coaching career at Belmont Abbey College in 1989. In just three seasons, he was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year. Ken has served as the under-fifteen National Team Coach and has coached over 30 players who went on to play professionally.


Ken has served as the U-15 US National Team Coach. He has coached over 30 players to go on to play professionally in the MLS, USL, MISL, and PASL as well as internationally.


As a player at Duke University, Ken was the team captain and a two-time All-American. Ken went on to play professionally for several teams, spending most of his career with the Canton Invaders, where he met his wife Tina. He holds a bachelor’s in biology from Duke University.



Be inspired. Get motivated. Be challenged and encouraged in the game of life by esteemed speaker Ken Lolla.

Ken has been the keynote speaker for numerous business, soccer, and community organizations, both locally and nationally. Speaking engagements center on presenting principles to succeed while teaching inspiring, and motivating the audience. Ken has spoken on a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership
  • Building a Successful Team
  • Building a Culture of Success
  • Graduation Ceremonies
  • Personal Development
  • Goal Setting
  • Children’s Book Discussion
  • Recruiting
  • Coaching Education
  • Sports Psychology/Mental Toughness

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