Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University and Seminole women’s soccer head coach Mark Krikorian announced the hiring of Wes Hart as an assistant coach. Hart’s primary responsibilities with the Seminoles will include planning the offensive attack, assisting with player development and video analysis along with other recruiting and scouting duties.
Hart replaces former assistant Morinao Imaizumi who returned to Japan and his role with the JFA in January after spending two seasons as an assistant with the Seminoles.
“Wes brings an exceptional soccer background to Florida State,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “He has gained a great deal of experience during his time with one of the best club teams in nation, in the Colorado Rush, and has coached several Youth National Team players.
“Philosophically, we see eye to eye on how the game of soccer should be played. I am excited for Wes to come in and add some new dimensions to our staff. He will make a great contribution to help build our team moving forward.”
“I am thrilled to be a Seminole,” said Hart. “In my short time around coach Krikorian, it’s not hard to see why FSU is considered one of the top college soccer programs in the country. I am excited for the opportunity to learn and grow under Mark’s leadership, while at the same time offering my knowledge and experience to the program.”
A native of Littleton, Colo., Hart comes to Tallahassee after spending eight years (2005-12) in a variety of roles with the Colorado Rush, one of the premier soccer clubs in the country. In his last three years with the Rush, Hart held the title of Director of Coaching Academy where he oversaw the ECNL teams on the girls side and the US Development Academy teams on the boys side.
During his time with the Rush, Hart was involved in four national championships including three as an assistant and one as head coach. In the summer of 2012, he led the U-15 girls squad to the club’s first ever ECNL Championship. Hart has coached several US Youth National Team players including Lindsey Horan, who now plays for PSG in France. He also tutored former Seminole standouts Sarah Wagenfuhr and Erika Sutton.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Hart played six seasons in the MLS (Major League Soccer). He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2000 MLS Super Draft by the Colorado Rapids. In four seasons with the Rapids (2000-03), Hart appeared in 68 regular season games making 60 starts. He also started seven of 10 MLS playoff games during that time. His final two seasons in the MLS came with the San Jose Earthquakes as he appeared in 25 games making 14 starts. Hart was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year in the MLS in 2000 and 2001.
Hart began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin (1996-97) where he started 36 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was honored as Wisconsin’s Freshman of the Year in 1996 and earned a spot on the 1996 All-Big Ten second team. Hart transferred to the University of Washington for his final two seasons (1998-99). With the Huskies, Hart garnered third team All-America accolades in 1998 and second team honors in 1999. He was honored as a first team Scholar All-American by the NSCAA in 1999, was a two-time first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) honoree and was named the MPSF Player of the Year in 1999. Hart served as team captain in 1999 and set the UW single-season assist record in 1998 with 15 – a record that is still intact.
As a youth player, Hart played for the Colorado Rush where he won a USYS National Championship. He attended Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where he was a three-time first team All-State selection and a two-time Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Hart added Parade All-America and NSCAA All-America honors during his time at Columbine High School, while leading his squad to a state championship.
Hart is married to the former Jamie Martini, who was a gymnast at the University of Denver. The couple has two children Dominic (7) and Grace (5).