In 2011, George Kostelis was named Head Men's Soccer Coach by Western Connecticut State University Director of Athletics Ed Farrington.
In his first season of taking over the program in its initial stages of the rebuilding process, the Colonials went 1-14-2 and 0-6-1 in the Little East Conference.
Kostelis comes to Western after 10 seasons as an Assistant Coach and Goalkeepers’ Coach at Yale University in New Haven, CT. During his tenure at Yale, he helped guide the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA College Cup. As an assistant coach for the University of Connecticut Women’s Soccer program (1997-2000), the Huskies twice reached the NCAA Elite Eight, and were NCAA Finalists. He also held an assistant coaching positioning at his alma mater, the University of Hartford (1995).
He holds a United States Soccer Federation A License, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation National Youth Coaching License.
Kostelis serves as a National Staff Instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s goal keeping academy, and staffs for the US Youth Soccer’s Region 1 Boys Olympic Development Program. Since 2000, he has been the owner of GK Soccer Training in Cromwell, CT. From 1990 to 2004, he directed camps for the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School and was their National Director from 2005-2009.
He has also spent numerous years coaching premier soccer in Connecticut for World Class Soccer and FSA SoccerPlus, and currently coaches for South Central Premier with their academy teams.
The West Hartford native enjoyed a decorated collegiate playing career at University of Hartford before earning a degree in Human Services in 1993. He was inducted in the Hawks’ Irfan Kathwari Honors House of Fame in 2007.
He was a three-time All-North Atlantic Conference goalkeeper for the Hawks. He earned All-New England honors in 1992 and is second in school history in career goals against average (1.05), fourth in shutouts (17.4) and fourth in minutes played (6,216). He helped lead the Hawks to their first two Division I NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992.
Against Virginia in a four overtime loss in the second round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, he made 13 saves. After the game, former University of Virginia and US Men’s National Team Coach was quoted, “I don’t ever want to see that goalkeeper again.”
Kostelis served as a co-captain of the 1992 team and was selected to play in the Collegiate Soccer Senior Bowl that year. He also was named the North Atlantic Conference Tournament MVP in 1992 and was an all-tournament team selection three times. In addition, he was named to North Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior.
Following graduation, he played professionally in Greece for Aiolikos FC from 1993 through 1995.
Kostelis and Tony DiCicco have coauthored numerous publications on goalkeeping including a four-part series on Advanced Handling for Goalkeepers.
George, his wife Kimberly and sons Demitri and Xander reside in Cromwell, CT.