In January of 2008 John Marovich was named the third head coach in the history of the Valparaiso University women’s soccer program, following six seasons as an assistant and associate head coach on the Crusader bench. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, he enters his ninth season at the helm of the Crusaders in 2016.
Marovich enters the 2016 campaign with a record of 73-52-27 both overall as a collegiate head coach and at Valpo. He ranks second in school history in victories, and his .569 winning percentage is tops all-time for the Crusader program. With six more victories, Marovich will become the winningest coach in program history.
Marovich and the Crusaders won seven matches in 2015, including a 4-2-2 mark on their home pitch at Brown Field. Three players earned All-League accolades, while Rita Craven and April Cronin both repeated as NSCAA All-Region honorees. In addition, Craven and Jenny Fassbinder were both selected as CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans - just the second and third First Team recipients in program history.
Marovich led Valpo in 2014 to the most successful season in program history. The team set new school records with 14 wins, a 12-match winning streak and an 18-match unbeaten streak, ending the season with a 14-2-4 record. Along the way, the Crusaders swept through Horizon League play with a perfect 8-0-0 record - only the third side in league history to go 8-0-0. Valpo won its first Horizon League regular season and tournament championships in 2014 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time.
Individually under Marovich in 2014, numerous Crusaders earned accolades, highlighted by the selection of Rita Craven as an NSCAA Third Team All-American - the first All-American in program history. Craven was also an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American, the first in program history as well, and is the only player in Crusader women's soccer history to be named league Player of the Year. A quartet of Crusaders earned NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors, while Jenny Fassbinder was an NSCAA Third Team Scholar All-American.
Under Marovich, the Crusaders have cemented themselves as a top-tier defensive side, as all five of the top defensive seasons in program history have come during his tenure. In 2013, Marovich's squad surrendered just 15 goals, while 2012 saw the Crusaders earn the first national statistical championship in program history en route to a 10-win campaign, as Valpo's team goals against average of 0.51 paced the nation. The Crusaders also ranked among the top-ten squads in the nation in both shutout percentage and save percentage.
Marovich guided the Crusaders to the Horizon League Tournament championship match in 2009 as Valpo finished the year 11-9-1 overall while placing third during the regular season, its highest finish to that point in the Horizon League since joining the conference prior to the 2007 season. The 11 wins were third most in school history. Valpo matched its third place finish again under his guidance in 2011.
In 2008, his first season at the helm of the Brown and Gold, Marovich’s squad finished 10-6-3 overall while setting a new school record with 10 shutouts on the season. His team also set a then-school record for lowest goals against average in a season, 0.71, and posted a 7-2-1 record at home.
During his stint as a head coach, Marovich has had six players earn All-Horizon League First Team honors, while 11 others have been Second Team All-League picks. Marovich also has had 10 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team selections under his guidance. His team also has had success in the classroom, as 10 student-athletes have been voted to the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team. In addition, Jackie Kondratko earned First Team Academic All-America honors by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine in 2009 while a total of six players have earned Academic All-District V accolades, including four First Team selections. Kondratko was also named the Horizon League’s Cecil N. Coleman Award winner in 2010, an honor given to the league’s overall top male and female senior student-athlete across all sports.
Marovich joined the Valparaiso University coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2002 season. After serving in this role for the Crusaders for his first three years with the program, he was promoted to associate head coach, where he assumed a full-time role prior to the 2005 season.
In 2007, Marovich was an assistant on the Valpo coaching staff as the Crusaders moved into the Horizon League for the first time. During the first season in the new conference, he helped Valpo post a 10-9 record, finishing fifth in the highly competitive league. The Crusaders also had three student-athletes earn All-Horizon League honors, with two Second Team picks and an All-Newcomer Team selection.
Marovich also was instrumental in the Crusaders’ success in both 2005 and 2006. The Brown and Gold won both the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2005, setting a new school record for victories with 12, as well as posting the best winning percentage at the time in the program’s history. Valpo earned its first berth ever to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, traveling to Notre Dame, a team Marovich spent time assisting prior to arriving at Valpo.
The next season, 2006, Marovich was a part of the Crusaders’ first outright regular season Mid-Continent Conference title in school history, as Valpo again won 12 matches, while also setting a new mark for winning percentage in a season at .711.
In his first five seasons on the bench for the Brown and Gold, Valpo earned four Mid-Continent Conference Tournament berths, advancing to the title match in 2004 in addition to winning the championship in 2005.
Marovich arrived at Valpo after spending the 2001 season as a women’s volunteer assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, helping lead the Fighting Irish to the Big East regular season and tournament championships. During Marovich’s stay, Notre Dame also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Before moving to the collegiate field, Marovich was the head girls’ coach at Andrean High School, where he led the 59ers to the state title match in 1999. In his seven seasons at Andrean, he won two conference titles and three sectional championships, as well as a regional and semi-state title. Marovich was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Indiana private/parochial school state Coach of the Year in 1999.
Marovich has earned his United States Soccer Federation “A” License. He played collegiate soccer at Purdue-Calumet, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in construction technology in 1994. He also serves as an Olympic Development Program age group head coach in the state of Indiana and is also a staff coach for Region II.
John and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1995 and have two children, Mackenzie, born in 1999, and Kacey, born in 2003.