Ptah Myers enters his fifth as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men’s soccer team in 2014 after becoming the program’s 12th coach in its 61-year history on Feb. 16, 2010.
In his four seasons at the helm of the Rams, Myers owns a record of 38-29-9—the fifth highest win total in program history—and led the team to three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament appearances. Eight players have been named to the All-CACC men’s soccer team.
The 2013 season was the Rams’ most successful season under Myers as the team posted a 12-7-2 overall record. Philadelphia defeated fifth-ranked Post on Nov. 9, 1-0, to secure its first CACC championship. Defender Angelo 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 midfielder Victor Chagonda were All-CACC second team selections.
Philadelphia made its second CACC Tournament appearance under Myers in 2012. Philadelphia opened the season 4-0-4 on its way to a 9-6-4 overall mark, and earned the third seed for the CACC Tournament with a 5-3-3 conference record. Defender Travis Lobb earned All-CACC first team recognition and goalkeeper Neil Kwiatkowski was selected to the All-CACC second team. Midfielder Sean Crossland was tabbed National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men’s College Division Scholar All-East Region honorable mention.
In Myers’ first season, Philadelphia posted a 12-5-3 record and finished second in the CACC with an 8-2-1 mark. The eight conference wins are the most by the Rams since joining the CACC in 2008. Philadelphia won its first CACC Tournament game when it defeated visiting Chestnut Hill, 1-0, on Nov. 2. The Rams tied eventual CACC champion Dominican (N.Y.), 1-1, but lost via penalty kicks in the semifinal round. 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.
Myers brings 12 years of professional playing experience to the Rams, 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 thanks to a third-place finish during the CONCACAF Futsal Championship. Four years later, the Americans finished third in Group A during the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.
During a 10-year career in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), Myers has recorded 92 career goals and 42 career assists with three different teams. Myers played for two MISL championship winning teams—the 2012-13 Baltimore Blast and the 2006-07 Philadelphia KiXX. Myers also played with the Chicago Riot for one season.
Before playing in the MISL, Myers was with 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 and is the Academy Director for the Philly Futsal Academy. Myers lives in Philadelphia with his wife Linsey, and daughter, London.