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    Eketebi is promoted to head coach at Florida International.

    Munga Eketebi
    Munga Eketebi (center) discusses matters with officials during an FIU match.
    -- Florida International University photo by Jessica Marshall --

    MIAMI, Fla. (Monday, May 21, 2007) -- Munga Eketebi, Florida International's all-time leading goal scorer and an assistant coach for two decades, was promoted to the head job at the Miami school Saturday.

    Eketebi, 45, becomes the fourth head coach in the 35 years of the FIU program, which began in NCAA Division II and moved up to Division I in 1987.

    Eketebi replaces Karl Kremser, who was not allowed to rescind a planned retirement after posting a 324-171-41 (.640) in 27 years at the helm. The Panthers are coming off a 6-10-2 season, 2-6 in Conference USA.

    "I can never thank Coach Kremser enough for everything he's done for me," Eketebi said. "It's always tough to come in and follow someone like that. His accomplishments at FIU speak for themselves and he definitely left big shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to this opportunity."

    Eketebi played for the Golden Panthers from 1983-86 and his 50 career goals are still unmatched at the university. His 24 assists rank fifth all-time. With the exception of one year off, he has assisted Kremser since.

    Munga Eketebi
    As a player, Munga Eketebi remains FIU's all-time leading goal-scorer with 50. This photo was on the cover of the 1986 media guide.
    -- Florida International University photo --

    "Coach Eketebi is a well-respected member of the soccer community and he is deserving of this chance to lead our program," FIU director of athletics Pete Garcia said. "We are excited about the future of men's soccer at Florida International University."

    Eketebi, a three-time All-American, was a key contributor to the FIU teams that captured the Division II championship in 1984 and lost in the 1985 final.

    In 1996, Eketebi took a one-year hiatus as Kremser's assistant to lead Nova Southeastern University where he guided the Knights of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to a 12-6-1 record. After that one season, he returned to FIU.

    "I am so very pleased for Munga and it is extremely fitting that he would get this opportunity," said FIU alumnus Robin Fraser, a former member of the United States national team and a five-time Major League Soccer All-Star. "Few have put more time into this program and he has really dedicated his adult life to FIU soccer

    Schooled at an American school in Switzerland, Eketebi speaks four languages fluently -- English, French, Italian and Spanish. While serving as Kremser's assistant, Eketebi also was a high school and youth coach in the Miami area.

    "Munga has been one of the outstanding coaches in Florida over the past 20 years," said former U.S. men's and current New York Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena. "He's touched the lives of many young players and has been extremely supportive of the game at all levels. I have known him personally and can attest to the fact that there is not a finer person in the sport. He has all the tools to further build the FIU program as a winner."

    Serpone to lead Amherst

    Justin Serpone, an assistant at Duke, was named head coach at Division III Amherst May 19.

    Serpone replaces Peter Gooding, who in two stints and a combined 32 years, led the Lord Jeffs to a 231-134-44 (.619) record

    Serpone, a Massachusetts native who reports to his new job on July 1, takes over a team that was 12-3-2 in 2006. Prior to one season at Duke, he was an assistant at Northwestern for three years, preceded by two years at Lafayette.

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