By Mike Demos
Siena College hopes new head coach Cesar Markovic will lead the men’s soccer team to their first ever MAAC Championship. Markovic’s track record is impressive as he has led three different programs to the NCAA College Cup. He was named the seventh head coach in program history on February 7.
“We are fortunate to have Cesar join our staff and lead our men’s soccer program,” director of athletics John D’Argenio said. “He has proven that his teams achieve athletically while performing in the classroom as well. His experience as a head coach and having won championships will be a benefit to the young men on the team and the College.”
Markovic brings 17 years of head coaching experience to Loudonville, having led NJIT (2011-12), Stony Brook (2004-11), Saint Peter’s (2000-04) and his alma mater, Division III Hunter (N.Y.) College (1995-00). The winningest head coach in program history at all four of those institutions, Markovic sports a career head coaching record of 166-146-36 (.529).
Markovic has coached four NCAA Tournament teams, guiding Saint Peter’s to the College Cup field in 2003 and Stony Brook in 2005 and 2009. He also led Hunter to the regional semifinals of the 1999 NCAA Division III Tournament. Markovic’s 2003 Saint Peter’s and 2005 Stony Brook squads each won First Round games.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Markovic enjoyed a stellar collegiate playing career at Hunter where he is a member of the College’s Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hunter in 1992 and his Masters of Science from Hofstra University in 1997.
Markovic inherits a Siena Soccer program which posted a 10-7 overall record last fall and 6-1 record in the MAAC.