Feb. 7, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena College has found the person it believes can lead its men's soccer program to its first MAAC Championship. Cesar Markovic, who has led three different programs to the NCAA College Cup, was named the seventh head coach in program history Thursday.
"We are fortunate to have Cesar join our staff and lead our men's soccer program," said director of athletics John D'Argenio. "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 led his programs to four NCAA Tournament Appearances, guiding Saint Peter's into 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. Additionally, Markovic's 2003 Saint Peter's and 2005 Stony Brook squads each won First Round games.
Markovic spent the past two seasons at NJIT, where he led the Highlanders to their best mark at the Division I level last fall in posting a 10-9 record. NJIT was ranked in the NSCAA North Atlantic Poll throughout the season, achieving a peak ranking of third. In his first season, he guided NJIT to its first win over an ACC opponent, defeating Virginia Tech.
Markovic began his collegiate head coaching career at Hunter, leading his alma mater to the conference title in all five of his years. He was twice named the CUNYAC Coach of the Year and also earned Skyline Conference Coach of the Year honors.
At Saint Peter's, Markovic led the Peacocks to a school-record 18 wins in 2003 and was named the MAAC Coach of the Year. Inheriting a program that had gone 14 years without a 10-win season, Markovic guided Saint Peter's to a 10-win campaign in 2002 prior to the Peacocks' record-setting 2003 season.
Known for leading programs to quick turnarounds, it took Markovic only until his season year to turn Stony Brook into a contender. In 2005 he led the Seawolves to a school-record 13 wins and first-ever NCAA Tournament Appearance en route to being named the BigAppleSoccer.com Coach of the Year.
Markovic began his coaching career at St. John's Prep in Astoria, N.Y. from 1991-93, leading the school to Catholic High Schools City and Sectional titles in 1993. From there, he matriculated to Queensborough Community College in Bayside, N.Y. in 1994.
Markovic holds a USSF A License, the highest granted in USA Soccer, an NSCAA Premier License, and he was among the first American coaches granted a Brazilian Professional Coaching license after serving as an apprentice/assistant with the famed Sao Paulo FC. He also served as an assistant coach stateside with the professional Long Island Rough Riders in 1997 and 1998.
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. He is married to Tijana and has four children: Danilo, Alessandro, Nikola and Viktorija.
Markovic inherits a Siena Soccer program which posted a 10-7 overall record last fall and 6-1 record in the MAAC.