David Kulik
David Kulik
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach/Assistant Athletics Director
Phone: 401-598-1614
Email: dkulik@jwu.edu
Previous Team: Yale '88

David Kulik became the head men’s soccer coach at Johnson & Wales University in April of 2012. In his first seven seasons at JWU, the team has posted an impressive 95-33-18 record, has won two GNAC regular season championships as well as three GNAC tournament championships. This seven-year run of success comes on the heels of the program posting a record of 16-54-4 in the four seasons prior to his arrival. Under Kulik, the Wildcats have posted an impressive 49-7-11 mark at the Scotts Miracle Grow Complex since it opened in 2013.

Kulik also serves as an Assistant Athletics Director, is the Chairman of the Wildcats Athletics Hall of Fame and acts as the department’s athletic alumni liaison. He has oversight of the men's ice hockey, cross country and tennis programs.

The 2018 Wildcats season ended with a 1-0 GNAC championship game defeat which followed the 2017 season which was a banner year for the Wildcats as Kulik led the program to a 15-2-2 mark, which included a school-record 15-match unbeaten streak. JWU's 14 regular-season victories tied the school record. Nationally, the Wildcats ranked 4th in the NCAA in goals against at .360, finished 3rd in the NCAA with the fewest combined goals against (7) and yellow cards (9) and ended 8th in the final NCAA New England regional ranking.

In 2014, Kulik was named the GNAC Coach of the Year. He has also served as the New England Chairperson for the United Soccer Coaches as well as the GNAC rep on the NCAA regional advisory ranking committee. 

Kulik came to the Wildcats’ program after spending 12 years as the head men’s soccer coach at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He also served as Clark’s Associate Athletic Director during his last six years, overseeing close to half of the Cougars' programs. During his tenure at Clark, he compiled a 103-84-23 record. In 19 seasons as a head coach, Kulik has a 198-117-41 record. Prior to his stint at Clark, Kulik spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach at Yale University, Boston College and Tufts University.

In 2005 and 2008, Kulik earned the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades. He left Clark as the school's all-time leader in wins and served on numerous regional and national committees. Kulik was a four-year member of the Division III National Soccer Committee from 2008-2011 and served as the national chair of the NCAA Division III Men’s National Soccer Committee in 2010.

An accomplished player in his own right, Kulik was an NSCAA, Adidas and Parade High School All-American, played in the first national high school All-America match at West Point and was a four-year standout at Yale University. He holds the distinction of being the first Yale men’s soccer player in the program’s history to start each game of their four-year career. He graduated from Yale having earned All-Ivy and All-New England accolades each of his four years and captained the team in his senior year.

During his college career, he was the recipient of the Walter J McNerney Award as the team’s most valuable player and earned the Walter Leeman Senior Leadership Trophy as the player who upholds the ideals of Leeman through sportsmanship and team play. After Yale, he played professionally for the Boston Bolts and the Miami Freedom, competing in the American Soccer League championship in 1989 against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.

Also active in the club soccer community, Kulik has led his squads to numerous league titles, state championships, and trips to regional, national and international tournaments with FC Greater Boston Bolts and Bruno United. Outside of his college and club coaching experience Kulik coached for one year at the St. John’s School is San Juan Puerto Rico and for one year at Central High School in San Angelo TX.. leading the team to a school record 17 win season being named the district coach of the year.

Kulik holds the United States Soccer Federation "A" license and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. A 1988 graduate of Yale University with a degree in sociology/economics, he obtained an advanced degree in psychology from Tufts University in 1992. Kulik, resides in Natick, Ma. and has a daughter, Sidnie, who is 15 who attends the Noble and Greenough School and plays club soccer for the Boston Breakers DA 03 team.

At Clark University (12 Seasons)

2000

8

9

1

2001

8

9

0

2002

5

10

2

2003

8

7

2

2004

9

8

0

2005

14

4

2

2006

11

4

2

2007

7

5

6

2008

11

5

2

2009

9

7

2

2010

5

9

2

2011

8

7

2

Total 

103

84

23

       

At Johson & Wales University (6 Seasons)

2012

11

7

2

2013

14

2

6

2014

15

6

1

2015

17

5

2016 11 5 4
2017

15

2

2

2018

12

6

3

Total

95

33

18

       

Career Total

198

117

41

19 Seasons