John Marovich was named the third head coach in the history of the Valparaiso University women’s soccer programin January of 2008, 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 10th season at the helm of the Crusaders in 2017.
Marovich enters the 2017 campaign with a record of 82-62-27 both overall as a collegiate head coach and at Valpo. He holds Valpo's all-time records for victories and winning percentage (.569).
Marovich led the Crusaders to nine victories in 2016, as he surpassed former head coach Stephen Anthony for the program's all-time wins record. Marovich matched Anthony's mark of 78 wins with a victory over Morehead State on Sept. 18, and then two matches later, broke the record with a victory against Milwaukee Sept. 28.
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 nine players earn All-Horizon League First Team honors, while 12 others have been Second Team All-League picks. Marovich also has had 13 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team/All-Freshman Team selections under his guidance. His team also has had success in the classroom, as 13 student-athletes have been voted to the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team. In addition, he has coached a trio of CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans (Jackie Kondratko - 2009; Rita Craven and Jenny Fassbinder - 2015), while a total of seven players have earned Academic All-District V accolades, including six 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.
Graduate Assistant Coach
The Valparaiso University women’s soccer program announced that former Wisconsin goalkeeper Jameson Kronser has joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant as the program heads into the 2017 season.
Kronser spent three seasons working as an assistant coach for the Beloit College men’s and women’s soccer programs and most recently spent the spring of 2017 serving as a volunteer assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at Madison College. He also is the owner and director of the Kronser Keeper Academy, where he has tutored goalkeepers who have been invited to Youth National Team training camps, keepers who feature for ODP Regional and State teams and keepers who play at the regional and state club level.
Kronser was a member of the Wisconsin men’s soccer program from 2011 through 2013 as a walk-on goalkeeper. He helped the Badgers return to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 for the first time in 18 seasons. While with the Badgers, Kronser helped lead training sessions for non-travel roster players while the team was on the road and led goalkeeper training clinics as part of the UW soccer camps throughout the year.
Kronser has learned from and been tutored by some of the nation's top coaches. He played his collegiate soccer for John Trask, who was a two-time national champion while on staff at Indiana and spent five seasons coaching in MLS. He has worked for two years with the Madison 56ers as a volunteer assistant under Jim Launder, who captured an NCAA championship in 1995 as head coach at Wisconsin. He has also been coached by and works with nationally-renowned goalkeeping coach Stan Anderson, who runs Camp Shutout - the nation's largest goalkeeper-specific camp.
Kronser graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering, and is planning to pursue his master’s degree in engineering management at Valpo. He currently holds his USSF National D License, as well as the NSCAA Goalkeeper Diplomas.