Success has become an expected part of the LMU men's soccer program. The main reason: Head Coach Paul Krumpe. Finishing his 19th season as a head coach in the collegiate ranks in 2016, all at LMU, Krumpe has guided the Lion soccer program into the national spotlight.
Under Krumpe's tutelage, the Lions made four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament between 2001-04 and five during the decade, including clinching the program's first-ever West Coast Conference championship in 2010. In 2013, Krumpe led the Lions to their second WCC title and sixth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The second league title in four seasons also produced Krumpe's second career WCC Coach of the Year honor.
Since 2000, LMU has gone toe-to-toe with the nation's best teams and held its ground. Under Krumpe, the Lions have beaten at least one top-25 opponent in nearly every season since 2000, including three in 2009. One of those wins, a 2-1 victory at #6 UC Santa Barbara on September 13, 2010, gave Krumpe his 100th coaching victory at LMU.
The 2013 season was a record breaking one for the Lions as their 13-4-3 overall record marked the second best win total in program history. Their nine WCC wins also served as a program best as they clinched their first outright championship. Ten players earned a variety of WCC honors, including the program's first Goalkeeper of the Year in Paul Blanchette (in the three-year history of the award). The Lions defense held for seven shutouts in 2013 while allowing all-time program lows of 18 goals and a 0.85 goals against average. There was a six-game win streak, a feat that had not been achieved since 2002, while LMU's 34 goals was the most since 2004.
The 2010 campaign was an historic one for the Lions, who claimed a share of their first WCC title with a conference mark of 8-3-1. LMU's 12 overall wins were tied for the second-most in program history while the eight conference victories tied the school record. Eight players were named to the All-WCC team, highlighted by Rafael Baca earning First Team honors for the third time in his career and Roger Downes being named the conference's Defender of the Year. Both also earned All-Region honors and Baca was a Third Team All-American who went on to sign with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
The 2009 season saw several milestones for Krumpe and for the Lions. Aided by the school's first-ever MAC Hermann Trophy candidate in Rafael Baca and a school-record 10 All-WCC performers, Krumpe took the Lions back to the NCAA postseason for the first time in five years. On the backs of two solid years of recruiting, Krumpe turned around a program that had won just three games two years earlier to win 10 games and return to the national rankings for the first time since 2006. The season concluded with LMU hosting an NCAA Tournament first-round match at Sullivan Field. On the way, the Lions defeated three ranked opponents, including a pair of wins over top-10 teams in #6 UC Santa Barbara and #5 Dartmouth.
The 2003 squad finished the season at 12-7-1, earning a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a first-round bye. That season was a continuation of the 2002 campaign, as they posted a record breaking season under Krumpe. The Lions earned a program-best 15 wins (15-4-2 Overall/4-2-0 WCC) while collecting their first ever postseason win with a 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge in Round 1 of the tournament. During the height of their run, the Lions averaged 11.4 wins per season between 2000-04.
Krumpe's eye for recruiting extremely gifted and talented players continues to show year after year. Most recently, the 2007 recruiting class was ranked in the top-40 nationally by College Soccer News. Krumpe has had four players earn All-American honors, including a pair of NSCAA All-Americans in 2002, Arturo Torres and Andres Murriagui. In addition, in 10 seasons he has coached 55 players who have earned All-West Coast Conference honors, including the conference Player of the Year, Arturo Torres in 2000. His guidance off the field is just as evident, coaching the program's first ever Academic All-American in Jeff Kovar (2002).
In addition, Krumpe's ties with the professional ranks have been impressive. Eight former Lions have gone on to play for MLS teams, as Torres, Murriagui, Michael Erush, Shaun Kalnasy, Kevin Novak, Bobby Burling, Adam Sloustcher and Rafael Baca have all signed to play with MLS programs.
Prior to accepting the Lions' head coaching position on April 2, 1998, Krumpe spent three seasons as an assistant at UCLA. As a major contributor to one of the most successful programs in the nation, he helped guide the Bruins to a record of 56-9-1. During those seasons, UCLA made three NCAA regional appearances and won the 1997 national championship.
A four-year starter (1982-85) for the Bruins, he was co-captain of the 1985 NCAA Championship team and a two-time All-Far West Region selection. He holds the school record for single-season assists by a defender with 10 in 1985, including the game-winner in the championship game.
Upon graduation, Krumpe continued to excel as a player on both the national and international level for the following six years. He was a first-round draft choice and a two-year starter for the Chicago Sting of the MISL from 1986-88. Between 1986-91, he was a member of the U.S. National Team and played in the 1990 World Cup, 1988 Olympics and the 1987 Pan-American Games. During his career with the National Team, he tallied four goals and accounted for six assists in more than 40 international matches.
After completing his career as a player, Krumpe moved on as a coach where he received a USSF National "A" Coaching License. His head coaching career began at the prep level at his alma mater, West Torrance High School (1991-95), where he led his teams to the playoffs in each of his four seasons. In 2008, Krumpe was a member of the inaugural class of the West Torrance High School Hall of Fame. Additionally, Krumpe coached at El Camino College for one season (1994), and served as an assistant for the women's program at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1989. While at CSUDH he helped guide the Toros to the NCAA Division II Final Four for the first time in program history.
In addition to his coaching duties at LMU, Krumpe is active in youth soccer and is currently heavily involved in ODP Region IV programs.
A 1986 graduate of UCLA, Krumpe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has completed work on a Master's degree in Education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. A resident of Torrance, he and his wife Kati have two sons, Tyler and Cameron, both of whom played soccer at LMU.