“Like any team to be great you need to believe in and trust the person you work with. I wholeheartedly believe, trust, and more so, enjoy working with Tracey as she gets what the college experience is all about...the growth, development, and maturity of the student-athletes, “ said Keovongmanysar.
“Like most great teams there's usually a great partnership. We have this proven dynamic relationship that is centered around the student-athletes that I want to continue that at Columbia.”
An experienced coach, Keovongmanysar earned an advanced national license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2001. He obtained an English FA Youth Coaching certificate in 2005 and holds an NSCAA Youth Diploma and United States Soccer Federation Youth License and national “B” license.
He has also served as a trainer for the Elmont Retros Stars Under-18 girls team. In November 2004, the multi-talented coach acted as the interpretor for the United States’ U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Thailand.
Before coaching at LIU, Kevongmanysar came from Southbridge, Massachusetts, where he earned a name for himself as one of the most well-respected youth coaches in the commonwealth. From 1997-2000, Keovongmanysar was a coach in the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program.
A native of Laos, Keovongmanysar guided his U-13 boys club to a district championship in 1997 and coached the U-12 boys team to the district semifinals the following year. Keovongmanysar took on an additional role in 1999, coaching both the U-15 boys and U-13 girls ODP squads. In 2000, he was the assistant director of both the boys’ and girls’ ODP.
Keovongmanysar was the boys varsity soccer coach for the Southbridge (Mass.) School Department from 1997-98. He led his team to its first district playoff berth in 17 years in his first season and followed that with the school’s first trip to the district semifinals.
He was coach and director of player development for the Southbridge Youth Soccer Association from 1991-2000, where he organized and implemented year-round soccer programs for children ranging from ages 4-18 and provided clinics for both players and coaches.
Keovongmanysar, a Massachusetts certified teacher, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Worcester State College in 1994.