Thursday, September 5, 2013


Photo: Star-Ledger
The Star-Ledger offers a nice write-up today of Columbia High soccer coaching legend Gene Chyzowych, who will serve his 50th year at the helm before retiring at the end of this season.

The story states:

Gene Chyzowych can't stand still.

He moves fast during practice, jumping into drills to explain the finer points of soccer to his players, who soak up every word.He certainly doesn't look like a coach heading into his 50th year.

Chyzowych, 78, has the energy and enthusiasm of a much younger man. But he has decided to hang up his cleats after this season as boys soccer coach at Columbia High in Maplewood."Why do I feel so young? Because I enjoy doing what I'm doing and it keeps me young, working with the kids," Chyzowych, who spent all 50 seasons at Columbia, said. "I don't feel 78 years old, not even 58 years old."  He will retire as both coach and phys ed teacher at Columbia, marking the end of a journey that spanned six decades. He has coached 5-year-olds, the U.S. Men's National Team, professional clubs and every level of soccer in between.

Read the rest HERE.

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