Published or Revised October 12, 2014
Coach John R. Cossaboon, a native of Rochester, New York, now leads the men and women’s soccer teams at PJC. He comes to PJC after five years as head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and has NCAA Division I and international coaching experience in both men’s and women’s soccer.
In his five years at Ozarks, the Eagles made the American Southwest All-Conference tournament twice. During that time, fourteen players were named All-Conference, one was named ASC Offensive Freshman of the Year, two earned NSCAA All-Region honors, two players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, six players made the ASC All-Academic Team, three players were named to the Capitol One Academic All-American program, and the program overall won the 2012 NSCAA team academic award.
Prior to leading the Ozarks’ men’s soccer team, he was head women’s coach at Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego. He also served as assistant women’s coach at Gonzaga University.
For each of his four seasons at SMU, the team won conference titles each of those years, and twice he was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The Mustangs won their seventh straight regular season title in 2006, tied for 24th in a national poll, and received an at-large bid to the College Cup, their sixth straight appearance. In his first season leading SMU, they finished 22nd in the nation and won the Western Athletic Conference.
In six years as head women’s coach at the University of San Diego, Cossaboon led the team to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2002). He also served as women’s head coach at the University of California Santa Barbara from 1995-1996.
Cossaboon’s international coaching experience comes from Japan, where he coached a women’s professional league from 1993 to 1995.
Prior to that he served as top assistant men’s soccer coach at Santa Clara University, head men’s coach at Cal State Hayward, and held assistant coaching jobs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
From 1982-90, Cossaboon was director of coaching for the North Texas State Soccer Association. There he directed and trained Olympic Development players, and designed and implemented the state’s coaching education program. He holds an “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation, and has been a national staff coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1983. From 1983-85, he was a National Staff Coach for the USSF.
Cossaboon has a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Cortland. He received his Intermediate Level Coaching Certificate from the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
New this year is Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Kasi Cross. She comes to PJC after playing goalkeeper and forward at Clayton State from 2011-2013. After her eligibility ran out, she became a student coach. The team won the regular season Peach Belt Conference and Tournament and made the first round of the national tournament. At Clayton she also threw javelin for three years, and graduated from that school with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness and a minor in business.
While at Darton College 2009-2011, Cross lettered for two seasons under Coach Ken Veilands and the team made the NJCAA Region XVII championship game. In high school she lettered for four seasons at Westover High School in Albany, Georgia and assisted her team to two straight regional championships and the state play-offs. She was a two-time All-Region selection, as well as lettering for four years in cross-country and swimming.