Kristen Graczyk

Kristen Graczyk

Player Profile

Assistant Coach

4th Year

Alma Mater:
Connecticut, 2005

Kristen Graczyk enters her fourth year with the UNM women's soccer program after being promoted to an assistant coach by head coach Kit Vela prior to the 2006 season. Graczyk (GRAY-sick) has been a valuable member of the UNM rebuilding process since joining the staff in 2005. She brings a wealth of experience to the sidelines and helps make the Lobo coaching staff one of the best in the country.

Graczyk, a forward for the University of Connecticut from 2001-04, was an offensive machine for the Huskies as she led the team in goals and scoring all four seasons. An Albuquerque native, Graczyk graduated from La Cueva High School in 2001.

Graczyk is UConn's all-time leader in goals and points scored in NCAA tournament play. As a junior, she became only the ninth player in UConn's 25-year history to tally 100 career points. Graczyk started 91 matches out of 99 played and never missed one contest during her four years with the program.

Graczyk's nose for the goal earned her a host of national, regional and conference awards. Most notably, she was an All-American in 2003 and 2004. Graczyk was also a four-time all-Big East Conference honoree, Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2003, Northeast Regional Player of the Year as a junior and senior, Soccer America MVP in 2003, a 2004 MAC Herman Trophy semifinalist (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy for football) and a U-21 National Team member.

As a student-athlete, Graczyk received the Big East Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2004 and the 2004 New Eng-land Scholar Award for having a GPA higher than 3.5 for two consecutive semesters. She was also a Big East Academic All-Star and was on the Director of Athletics Honor Roll from 2002-05. For her senior year, Graczyk was recognized as a UConn Remarkable Individual in leadership, academics and athletics.

Graczyk received her B.A. in Sports Marketing from UConn in May of 2005. While at UNM, she is pursuing her graduate degree in Sport Administration. Her younger brother, Mike Graczyk, is entering his senior season as a goalkeeper with the UNM men's soccer team.

Monday, August 17
7:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
Friday, August 21
5:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Texas Tech
7:30 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Florida State
Sunday, August 23
10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
at USC vs. Florida State
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
vs. Texas Tech
Wednesday, August 26
6:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at New Mexico State
Sunday, August 30
1:00 PM - 
Women's Soccer
at Colorado