Michael K Kruger

Michael
Kruger
Director, NorCal

Mike comes to 3d NorCal with an invaluable amount of experience coaching and running operations at a variety of different levels in the NCAA. Most recently, he has played a key role in the success of the University of Vermont’s Division I Men’s Lacrosse program, where he served as Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator. Leading the team to their most successful season in program history with his defense being ranked 1st or 2nd in the America East in GAA, Save Percentage, and Saves per Game, as well as, being ranked 3rd in Caused Turnovers per Game.

Prior to his accomplishments at Vermont, Mike has had several successful coaching stints at the Division III level. He served for two years as the Head Coach of Shenandoah University. Prior to that, he served as the Defensive Coordinator & Recruiting Coordinator for Washington & Lee University for two years. In the beginning of his career, he served as Graduate Assistant at Trinity College for two seasons.

As a player, Mike boosted an extremely successful career at Fairfield University as a four year starting goalie for the Stags. He currently ranks 3rd on the All-Time Saves list and helped lead his team to the 2005 Conference Championship and the 2005 Division I NCAA Tournament.

Mike graduated from Fairfield University in 2007 with a degree in Communications, and while a Graduate Assistant at Trinity College, he earned his MA in American Studies, in 2010.  Mike has relocated from Vermont to the San Francisco Bay area where he lives with his wife Sarah and his dogs Jake (Redbone Coonhound/Lab mix) and Ozzie (American English Coonhound!)

Position 
Director, NorCal
Words of Wisdom 
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
Best Advice You Ever Received 
Never sacrifice your integrity.
Worst Advice You Ever Received 
Win at all costs.
Personality in one hashtag 
#driven
Professional Passion 
Teaching and Player Development
Farthest Traveled from U.S. 
St. Lucia
What do you do away from work 
Hike, Basketball, Squash, Trail Run, Read, Baltimore Sports- Ravens and O's
What's on the playlist 
Variey. Any modern Bluegrass, 80s/90s rap and hip-hop, and of course, some Biebs
Favorite Movie Line 
"I'm all hopped up on Mountain Dew."
Favorite All-time Matchup 
Harbaugh Bowl