Ptah Myers enters his sixth season as the head coach of the Philadelphia University men’s soccer team.
Myers owns a record of 54-34-10—the fifth highest win total in program history—won two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championships and been to four conference tournaments. Under his watch, ten different players have earned All-CACC recognition—including five first-team selections, three have been named to an all-region team, and two All-Americans.
The 2014 campaign was one of the best seasons in the program’s 62-year 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 team also claimed its first CACC regular season crown. Senior midfielder Victor Chagonda and junior back Angelo Dambalas earned Daktronics/Division II CCA All-American status. Dambalas was also tabbed as the CACC Defender of the Year. For his success, Myers was named the Chris Jones Coach of the Year Award by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
Myers and the Rams claimed their first conference championship in 2013. On their way to the conference title, Philadelphia defeated fifth-ranked Post 1-0 in the final. The team finished the year with a 12-7-2 overall record. 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. The team posted a 9-6-4 overall 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. Philadelphia earned its first-ever CACC Tournament victory with a 1-0 win over Chestnut Hill on Nov. 2. 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 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.