Kevin East - Coach/Trainer U17B Crusdaers
Kevin is in his 10th year with the Jersey Knights. Kevin currently serves as the Men’s Head Coach and Coordinator of Unviersity Soccer Operations for Rutgers-Newark University. The newly created director of soccer operations position allows East to oversee both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
Prior to working at Rutgers Newark, Coach East was the head coach at New Jersey City University. He developed the NJCU program from cellar-dweller to perennial playoff contender during a nine-year stint. Taking over the Gothic Knight program as a part-time coach in 1998, East posted a 123-66-11 record.
Coach East has completed work for a National “A” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation. He also has a Director of Coaching certificate from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is an active member of the group’s National Rating Board. He also has coached and instructed in the Olympic Development Program and is the former president of the College Soccer Association of New Jersey.
East was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the inaugural season of Major League Soccer in 1996, and he served as back-up goalkeeper for the Metro Stars in 1998 and 1999. He started in goal professionally in the United Soccer League for the Jersey Dragons (1994-95), the Central Jersey Riptide (1996-97), the New Jersey Stallions (1998), and the North Jersey Imperials (1999).