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 eighth season at the helm of the Crusaders in 2015.
Marovich enters the 2015 campaign with a record of 66-44-24 both overall as a collegiate head coach and at Valpo. He ranks second in school history in victories, and his .582 winning percentage is tops all-time for the Crusader program.
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.
Katelyn Longino has joined the Crusaders as an assistant coach. Longino comes to Valpo after spending last season on the coaching staff at Xavier University.
“I’m excited to join Valparaiso University and the Valpo women’s soccer program,” said Longino. “I was attracted to the fact that Valpo is really here to aid a student-athlete and provide them great experiences, both on and off the field. Valpo provides a huge opportunity for me to grow, to learn under Coach Marovich and him to mentor me while I get the chance to coach some outstanding young women.”
Longino spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach with the Musketeers after wrapping up her time at Columbus State University. She played as a freshman in 2012 for the Lady Cougars, helping the team to 18 wins and a berth in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. Longino then spent the next two seasons as a student assistant, helping guide CSU to a 21-1-1 record and an Elite Eight berth in 2014. In her final year at Columbus State, Longino served as an intern in the athletic department, working directly with women’s soccer as they won 22 matches and reached the national championship match.
“Katelyn is an outstanding person of character and a bright young coach in the profession,” said Marovich. “Her display of enthusiasm and passion for working with student athletes to improve them in Classroom, Competition and Community was unmatched throughout the process. Her coaching insight was developed through playing and coaching with some very talented and highly respected coaches in the business. Her experience and education in the exercise science field fits perfectly with our culture in utilizing technology to assist our student-athletes and staff in maximizing athletic performance. It became very clear as I spoke with individuals who have spent time around Katelyn that she would be a great fit at Valparaiso University and a great representative of the University and our soccer program. We are very fortunate and excited about adding Katelyn to our Valpo Soccer family.”
Longino holds a USSF “D” Coaching License and also brings a wealth of experience coaching club soccer to the position, having held coaching positions with Ohio Elite Soccer Association, CFC Red Star and Columbus Youth Soccer. She graduated from Columbus State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in coaching education and athlete development from Xavier University.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Alex Boehm has joined the Crusader program as a graduate assistant for the 2015 season. Boehm, who spent the last two seasons starting at goalkeeper at Wyoming, will work primarily with the Valpo goalkeepers.
Boehm spent her last three collegiate seasons at Wyoming, starting the final two years in goal for the Cowgirls. She closed her time at Wyoming with a 1.44 cumulative GAA, fourth-best in program history. Boehm helped the Cowgirls register seven shutouts during her senior year, matching the program single-season record for clean sheets, and closed her career by being named to the Mountain West Conference All-Tournament Team. Boehm spent her first season at Saint Mary’s (Calif.) before transferring to Wyoming.
Boehm also brings experience as a coach to the Crusader staff. During her time at Wyoming, Boehm served as the head goalkeeper coach at the Laramie Blizzard Soccer Club, training both boys and girls goalkeepers ranging from u8 to u16. She also served as an assistant coach for the club’s u13 girls during the 2014 season, and previously coached the Wyoming ODP camp goalkeepers during the summer of 2013. Boehm currently holds her USSF ‘E’ license.
Boehm graduated from Wyoming in December of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A standout in the classroom, she earned Academic All-Mountain West honors and was an NSCAA Scholar All-West Region honoree as a senior. She will be working towards her MBA at Valpo.