Published or Revised July 23, 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 each year. 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.
Assistant women’s soccer Coach Kasi Cross is in her first season with the Dragons, who are starting their third year of soccer at PJC.
Cross came to PJC from Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, where she played goalkeeper and forward from 2011 to 2013. After her eligibility ran out she became a student coach, helping the team win the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship, and reach the first round of the national tournament. She also threw the javelin at Clayton State for 3 years.
From 2009 to 2011 at Darton College in Albany, Georgia, she lettered two seasons under head coach Ken Veilands and helped Darton advance to the NJCAA Region XVII Region Championship game.
At Westover High School in Albany, Georgia, Cross lettered four seasons in soccer under head coach Alton Bentley. She was a two-time All-Region selection, helping the team to two straight regional championships and the state playoff. She also lettered for four years in cross-country and swimming.
Cross grew up in a military family and says though they relocated several times, she considers herself to be from Albany, Georgia. Her Bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management with a minor in business is from Clayton State University.