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BEL AIR, MD (January 26, 2018) -- After a 10-and-a-half-year reign as the Athletic Director of Harford Community College, Ken Krsolovic has officially announced his departure from the college effective February 23, 2018.
"It has been an amazing run. Many have contributed to the dramatic improvement and success of our teams during my tenure," said Krsolovic. "I have an opportunity to pursue interests closer to my native Ohio and to be able to spend more time with my family. This was a difficult decision for me as I have put my heart into Harford Athletics, but I leave here with many lifelong friendships and the fondest of memories."
Krsolovic came to Harford after turning around the Lake Erie College program, taking it from a .162 winning percentage to .500 in just four years, including multiple NCAA and ECAC Tournaments, its first ever in any sports. At Harford, the Fighting Owls had posted a combined .394 winning mark in the five years prior to his first full year and have steadily improved to a .706 percentage to date this season.
Krsolovic moved the Fighting Owls up to the NJCAA Division I level for the 2010-11 season and the improvement continued despite the generally tougher non-conference competition. Over the past five full seasons, the Fighting Owl teams have posted a combined win mark of .644, including five straight MdJuco Conference Presidents' Cup overall team titles for women and two Cups for men, with runner-up finishes in the other three years.
Among Krsolovic's many achievements at Harford was winning the prestigious Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2012 as selected by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the 2016 MdJuco Conference AD of the Year. He was also recently recognized as an inductee into the Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Since elevating to Division I, 10 of the institution's 13 teams have advanced to NJCAA national tournament play, including memorable runs for the 2016 Juco World Series baseball team which was just one win away from the national championship game, the 2016-17 women's basketball which advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to the eventual national champs, and the 2015-16 men's basketball team which advanced to fabled Hutchinson, Kansas and the NJCAA DI nationals. Also, the women's lacrosse teams made five trips to the Final Four, including four in a row and, most recently, the women's soccer team was just three minutes away from a stunning upset over the eventual national champions in the group play stages of national tournament.
Krsolovic also leaves behind an outstanding rate of success for Harford student-athletes in the classroom as the program continues to break its own academic records and show progressive success. Harford athletics has led the way on the MdJuco All-Academic Team for nine straight seasons and appear poised to do so for a tenth consecutive year in 2017-18 with a record 92 student-athletes making the AD Honor Roll in the just-completed Fall Semester of 2017.
Also during his tenure, the College undertook a rebranding of athletic logos while adding various radio and TV coverage of Fighting Owl events. The program was the first in its league and region to offer audio and video streaming of games on the internet. When Krsolovic began at Harford, he was one of three full-time staff members in the athletics department, which has since expanded to six full-time staff members including positions in Sports Information/Game Operations, Athletic Compliance/Academic Success and Athletic Facilities. Krsolovic was instrumental in the overhaul of Harford athletic facilities including construction of the APG Federal Credit Union Arena and renovation of the adjoining Susquehanna Center as well as dramatic upgrades to the softball field and Harford Stadium, a new baseball field, new tennis courts and the addition of a cross country course for teams which had been added in 2011.
In addition to his directorial duties, Krsolovic also served as an assistant coach for the Harford baseball team, where his 30+ years of experience helped that team to record success, including a current run of three consecutive conference championships and four of the last six region crowns.
Krsolovic also put his prior extensive broadcasting experience to use for the Fighting Owls, serving as play-by-play broadcaster for Harford basketball games and calling some of the most memorable moments in Fighting Owls history.
Harford Community College will announce an interim Athletic Director in the coming weeks while the nationwide search for Krsolovic's successor is begun.