The 2016 season will be Ptah Myers’ seventh year as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men’s soccer program.
Since being named the Rams’ 12th head coach in their 63-year history on Feb. 16, 2010, Myers has racked up 62 victories—16 during the 2014 season—won two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championships, and made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 62 victories place Myers fourth in Philadelphia University men’s soccer history.
Myers’ coaching has led to 16 players earning All-CACC recognition, including 2014 CACC Defensive Player of the Year Angelo Dambalas. Philadelphia has picked up at least one All-CACC first team selection in each of Myers’ six seasons. The Rams have had a player on an all-region team five times, and Victor Chagonda and Dambalas were tabbed All-Americans in 2014.
In the classroom, Philadelphia has placed 18 players on the CACC Fall-Academic Team. Sean Crossland was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's College Division Scholar All-East Region honorable mention in 2012.
Known for their solid defense, Philadelphia has been ranked in the top two of the CACC in goals against average four times—including a CACC-best 0.87 GAA in 2015—and finished second in shutouts in five seasons.
The 2014 campaign will go down as one of the best seasons in program history as the Rams went 16-5-1—the fourth highest win total and most since 1981—won their second consecutive CACC title, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989. The Rams posted a 9-2-1 record against the CACC to win the regular season title for the first time since joining the conference in 2005. Chagonda (third team) and Dambalas (honorable mention) earned Daktronics/Division II CCA All-American status to be the program’s first All-Americans in 25 years. Myers was tabbed the Chris Jones Coach of the Year Award by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
In 2013, the Rams reached the top of the CACC mountain, winning their first conference title. Philadelphia knocked off No. 5 Post, 1-0, in the championship match. The team finished the year with a 12-7-2 overall record, including nine shutouts. Dambalas was named to the All-CACC first team; All-East Region Men's Soccer second team; and National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Division II Men's All-East Region third team, while forward Jordan Lynch and Chagonda were All-CACC second team selections.
After missing the conference tournament in 2011, Philadelphia returned to the CACC Tournament in 2012, earning the number three seed. The Rams were 9-6-4 overall record and ranked second in the CACC with a 1.01 GAA. Defender Travis Lobb earned All-CACC first team recognition and goalkeeper Neil Kwiatkowski was selected to the All-CACC second team.
In Myers’ debut season, Philadelphia posted a 12-5-3 record and finished second in the CACC with an 8-2-1 mark. Philadelphia earned its first-ever CACC Tournament victory with a 1-0 win over Chestnut Hill on Nov. 2. The Rams had a 0.91 GAA and posted eight shutouts. Defender Wojciech Sliwinski and midfielder Ryan Purnell were named to the All-CACC first team, and goalkeeper Alex Heston was an honorable mention selection.
Before coming to Philadelphia University, Myers was a volunteer assistant coach at Villanova University for the 2009 season. The Wildcats went 9-8-2 overall and lost in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. Villanova had the league’s third-best offense, averaging 1.47 goals per game.
Myers has 12 years of professional soccer playing experience, capped by two stints on the U.S. Futsal National Team. In 2008, the U.S. qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil after finishing front in its group and winning the third-place match, 7-1 over Panama. Myers earned a start in the World Cup against Italy, the U.S.’s second contest. Four years later, the Americans finished third in Group A during the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.
During his 10-year career in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), Myers recorded 96 career goals and 42 career assists with three different teams. Myers scored 73 times with the Philadelphia KIXX from 2004 until 2010, including a career-high 19 goals during the 2007-08 season. He notched 12 goals in the KIXX’s 2006-07 championship season. After playing in six games for the Chicago Riot, Myers suited up for the Baltimore Blast for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He scored 18 goals for the Blast, two coming in the first game of the best-of-three 2013 MISL championship series—which Baltimore won two games to zero. Myers ended his MISL career with the Pennsylvania Roar in 2013-14.
Before playing in the MISL, Myers played for the Albany Blackwatch Highlanders of the Premier Development League in 2004 and the Virginia Beach Mariners of the United Soccer Leagues First Division in 2005.
In college, Myers was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection at the University of Massachusetts. As a junior Myers was tabbed all-A-10 second team after recording eight goals and a career-high seven assists. One year later he was named first-team all-conference and All-New England with a nine-goal, three-assist season. In 2001, Myers tallied nine goals and three assists to help the Minutemen win the conference title and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Myers—a 2005 graduate with a degree in psychology—is fifth in UMass history with 27 career goals and 16 career assists, and sixth with 70 career points.
Myers—who owns United States Soccer Federation “A” license—is the director of the Futsal Development Academy. He also coaches at the Continental Football Club. Myers lives in Philadelphia with his wife Linsey, daughter London, and son Saul.
|Ptah Myers Coaching Record|
||16-5-1||.750||CACC Champion, NCAA Tournament|
|6 years at Philadelphia U.||62-39-15||.599|