Marc KovacsHigh School Category

    As an avid 8 sport athlete, Marc grew up in Hamilton where he attended Bishop Ryan and Mc Master University. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education degree, he enjoyed a 32 year vocation at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School. His interest in Sports prompted him into a 36 year coaching career that included basketball, volleyball and soccer. By retirement in 2008, Marc had coached 61 teams including 50 in soccer, to 93 league titles and championships in all 3 sports. While at Newman he started both the senior girls and junior boys soccer program before taking over the senior boys in 1983. That year he led the school to it’s second OFSAA Championship and followed with additional provincial titles in 1987 and 1991. These were reflective of the soccer excellence that was exemplified by 14 trips to the provincials which garnered the school 12 medals. Nicknamed the “CN Express”, the team has an incredible winning percentage losing only 8 regular season games in 36 years.

    In addition to coaching, Marc convened the Hamilton Cup which he eventually converted into the Ontario Catholic Invitational tournament. While these ran for 9 years he also convened 4 OFSAA tournaments. He was a member of the Sports Advisory Committee for OFSAA soccer for 16 years, serving as Chairman. In this capacity he oversaw the provincial championships and prepared written reports. Marc is a former recipient of the Leadership in School Sport Award and a 3 time nominee for the Wismer Award for Coaching Excellence and 2 time finalist.

    Marc was also active in the community coaching for 11 years in both house league and travel soccer in the NYSL and SRSL leagues. He also served a small stint in the GTYSL Executive as Coaching Director.

    Marc’s high school soccer coaching memoirs “The Long Train Running …. Looking Back at the CN Express” will be published in 2013. It will trace the story of soccer at Cardinal Newman since it’s inception in 1977.

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