Head coach Cesar Markovic has put the Stony Brook men's soccer program on the map, winning multiple championships, advancing in the NCAA Tournament and playing marquee opponents. He recently completed his seventh season on the sidelines for the Seawolves, and in 2010, earned 10 victories, the program's fifth 10-win season.
Markovic's 2010 Seawolves finished 10-7-3 and advanced to the America East Championship semifinals for the second consecutive season. His squad proved to be strong on both offense and defense. He had three players score at least six goals, including 2010 America East Midfielder of the Year Leonardo Fernandes. He also saw the emergence of goalkeeper Stefan Manz, who recorded eight shutouts, second among all America East keepers. Leading scorer Raphael Abreu and defenders Greg Tinari and Mladen Ramic were also All-Conference honorees for Markovic's Seawolves.
In 2009, Markovic's club overcame a sluggish start to go unbeaten in its final five conference games to earn the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship. On its home field, the squad topped Hartford and UMBC to win the program's second-ever conference championship. Stony Brook appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons, losing a close match to Brown in a double overtime thriller. Markovic's young team proved to be a very talented group, especially his freshmen. Forward Leonardo Fernandes was named the America East Rookie of the Year and second- team All-Conference after leading the Seawolves in scoring. Freshman forward Berian Gobeil Cruz also earned second-team All-America East honors.
Championships are nothing new for Markovic, who led the Seawolves to their best-ever season in 2005, when they set program records for overall (13) and America East (six) wins, won the America East regular season championship and then dispatched Albany and Binghamton to claim the America East Tournament title. Markovic's team advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won Stony Brook's first-ever NCAA Tournament game in any sport, a 2-1 overtime win over Yale to advance to the second round. Stony Brook finished 2005 with an RPI of 45 out of 199 NCAA Div. I men's soccer programs.
Part of Markovic's success has been the level of talent he has brought to Stony Brook. He has produced four NSCAA All-Region players and 14 All-America East athletes, including eight first-team selections. His most decorated athletes have been Chris Megaloudis, who was a two-time All-Region and two-time first-team All-America East honoree, and Michael Palacio, who was a two-time All-Region and three-time first-team All-America East selection. Both players went on to have pro careers, as Palacio was picked byNewYork Red Bullsin the MLS Supplemental Draft and Megaloudis signed a free agent contract with the same team.
Markovic has had other Seawolves sign professional contracts. In the spring of 2005, three graduating seniors-Josh Allen, Jose Sura and Barberio-inked professional contracts to play for the Long Island Rough Riders in the USL Second Division. In the spring of 2007, Rob Fucci signed with F.C. Crystal Palace of the U.S.L., and Matt Avellinosigned withthe Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division.
Named the eighth men's soccer head coach in Stony Brook history in January of 2004, Markovic was the architect of winning programs at Saint Peter's College and Hunter College and is known as one of the premier recruiters of student-athletes from New York State.
Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook, Markovic spent the previous four seasons at Saint Peter's College, where he was named the 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year after leading his team to a MAAC tournament title and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After arriving at Saint Peter's in 2000, Markovic turned a program that had struggled at the bottom of Division I for the past two decades into the winningest team in school history, posting a school-record 18 wins in 2003, including a 2-0 victory over 11th-ranked Brown in the first round of the NCAA Men's College Cup. In his first two seasons at Saint Peter's, Markovic's teams finished a combined 7-29-1 (.203), but over the next two years, the Peacocks went 28-11-5 (.705), with 18 wins in 2003 and 10 in 2002. Over those two seasons, Markovic coached four NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region picks and ten All-MAAC selections.
Before his time at Saint Peter's, Markovic was the head men's soccer coach at Hunter College, his alma mater, where he led his team to five consecutive conference titles in each of his five seasons from 1995-1999. In 1999, Markovic led the squad to the school's first ever appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament. An October of 2002 inductee into the Hunter College Hall of Fame, Markovic was a two-time CUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1995, 1999), while earning Skyline Coach of the Year accolades in 1995. He concluded his coaching career at Hunter with a .678 (58-26-6) winning percentage, the highest in school history, while bringing home five CUNY regular season and three tournament titles.
Markovic spent one season as the head coach and adjunct professor in the physical education department at Queensborough Community College and three years as the head coach at St. John's Prep High School, where he led his team to CHSSA City and Sectional titles in 1993. Other coaching experience includes stints as an assistant coach of the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL A-League in 1997 and 1998, and as an apprentice/assistant for the Sao Paolo Futebol Club in Brazil in 1996.
Currently, Markovic serves as the Technical Director for the Stony Brook Soccer Club. Markovic has also been extremely involved in youth soccer in the New York City area, serving as the director of coaches for the Downtown United Soccer Club, an organization with over 1,000 members. Markovic has also served as a coach for the B.W. Gottschee Soccer Club. For the past 12 years, he has managed the Markovic Academy of Soccer, which runs youth soccer camps in New York and New Jersey.
Markovic holds a USSF A-License, which is the highest level license granted by U.S. Soccer, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and was among the first American coaches to receive a Brazilian Professional Coaching License.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Markovic graduated from Hunter with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992 and went on to earn his Master's in physical education from Hofstra University in 1997. While at Hunter, Markovic was a two time all-conference selection and the team's leading scorer as a defender in his senior campaign.
Markovic lives with his wife, Tijana, and their two-year old son, Nikola, and infant daughter Viktorija, and has two sons, Danilo, 15, and Alessandro, 12.
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