Victory Soccer School was founded in 1972 by Armand 'Bob' Dikranian, the late Haig Dikranian and the late Efrain 'Chico' Chacurian. Together with their vast knowledge, years of experience, and passion for the game, they developed a comprehensive program that has been executed for over 45 years.
Victory Soccer School full day and half day programs are designed to teach the game of soccer in fun, competitive, game-like environments. Victory Soccer School's coaching staff and Directors are all highly qualified professional and collegiate coaches who have worked closely with Bob, Haig and Chico throughout the years.
Visit the Summer Camps page for a schedule of camps offered this summer.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame's Class of 2013, Bob Dikranian founded the Southern Connecticut State men's soccer program in 1966 and in 21 seasons, amassed a 227-94-21 overall record while setting the foundation for the benchmark Division II program in the nation. His teams appeared in 14 NCAA Division II tournaments, including six straight trips to the semifinals (1978-83). He guided the Owls' to their first-ever NCAA championship in 1987 and was a two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year.
Dikranian has been active in coaching since retiring as a head coach. He has served as an assistant coach for the South Florida men's soccer team and the Yale women's soccer team, and was also the Director of Soccer Operations at Yale.
Efrain "Chico" Chacurian
The late Efraín or Yeprem "Chico" Chacurian is one of the founders of Victory Soccer School. Chacurian was born in Argentina to Armenian immigrant parents. In 1939, he signed with Racing Club of the Argentine First Division when he was fifteen years old at the time. In 1947 at the age of twenty-three, he moved to the United States and would go on to play for the 1954 United States National team. After his playing career, Chacurian would later coach at Southern Connecticut, Bridgeport and Yale University. Chacurian lived in Stratford, Connecticut and has a soccer field in Short Beach named after him. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
The late Haig Dikranian was the founder and head coach of the St. Johns University Club Soccer team. Prior to that he played for Adelphi University, the Bridgeport Soccer Club and the Armenian Soccer Club. He was proud to have been the co-founder of the Victory Soccer School. He coached many youth teams throughout Long Island, NY, CT and FL and most recently the South Central Premier Soccer Club. Haig was also a very active and passionate referee and credits himself as being the creator of the two man corner kick.