Mike Kruger has been named Director of Lacrosse Operations for Perkiomen School for the 2021-2022 school year. In this new role for Perkiomen, Kruger will oversee both the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams with plans to get right to work on the growth of the program.
"Our goal is to build a nationally-competitive lacrosse program at Perkiomen, with equal emphasis placed on both the girls and boys programs,” Kruger shares. “We will play a competitive schedule, have extensive training in the off-season, challenge our student-athletes to push themselves academically, and will represent the Perkiomen community with passion and integrity. With Perkiomen's commitment to educating the whole student and its location between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, I can't think of a better place to be a lacrosse player."
Kruger comes to Perkiomen with 13 years of experience coaching lacrosse at the Division I, Division III, and high school levels, having placed numerous student-athletes at the Division I, II, and III college levels. Kruger will come to Perkiomen from Kent School in Connecticut, where he serves as Associate Director of Admissions and Head Lacrosse Coach within the Founders League.
Growing up in a lacrosse hotbed in Baltimore attending Calvert Hall College High School, Kruger went on to become a four-year Division I starting goalie at Fairfield University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications. He also earned a Master’s in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford.
As a college coach, Kruger served as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Vermont, the Head Coach at Shenandoah University, the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Washington & Lee University, and as a Graduate Assistant at Trinity College.
After working in the NCAA, Kruger shifted to high school coaching in Northern California, where he says his life as a coach was changed.
“Working with youth and high school players,” says Kruger, “made me realize that high school coaching was where I wanted to spend my career and was a great reminder that transformational coaching is why I entered the profession in the first place. Helping students develop into young people of passion, integrity, and high character, is what drives me as a person and professional.”
“It is an exciting time to be a part of Perkiomen boys’ and girls’ athletics,” says Head of School Mark A. Devey. “Our boys’ basketball team, developing into an elite program, went 11-0 against high school opponents this year. We recently named Leiri Melendez, of Ponce, Puerto Rico, as our Head Volleyball Coach, another growing program. With the ongoing leadership of Athletic Director Ken Baker, and now the addition of Mike Kruger, great things are on the horizon for our Perkiomen Panthers.”
Kruger will also work with Athletic Director Ken Baker in the coming year as Associate Athletic Director, and then transition to the role of full-time Athletic Director for the 2022-2023 school year.
“Coach Kruger will be a great addition to the Perkiomen family,” says Baker. “His experience, knowledge, and love of the game of lacrosse will ignite a spark among our students and faculty. His values certainly align with ours and his combination of skill, dedication, and loyalty tell me that the future of Perkiomen athletics will be exciting.”