Siena men’s soccer coach Markovic retires

Guided Saints for seven years
Siena men's soccer coach Cesar Markovic announced his retirement Friday.
Siena men's soccer coach Cesar Markovic announced his retirement Friday.

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LOUDONVILLE — Siena men’s soccer coach Cesar Markovic announced his retirement on Friday.

Markovic coached the Saints for seven seasons, compiling a 47-65-22 record, including 27-33-10 in the MAAC. Last season, the Saints went 5-12-1 overall and 2-7-1 in he MAAC.

“Being the head coach at Siena has been such a wonderful time in my life,” Markovic said in a press release. “I am so grateful for the opportunity that [athletic director] John D’Argenio gave me seven years ago. The community feels like home, and the people that I’ve worked with have become lifelong friends. It’s been a fun and exciting ride as a college coach, but it’s time for me to begin a new journey with my family and experience some new and wonderful things the world has to offer. My two eldest sons are now proud Siena College alumni, and I am eternally part of the Siena Family and tradition. Thank you to my co-workers, assistant coaches, and student athletes for providing me with a wonderful experience.”

Markovic  is the second-winningest coach in the program’s nearly five decades long history. He led the Saints to MAAC tournament semifinals appearances in 2015 and 2016. The 2015 squad won multiple postseason matches for the first time in program history. In 2016, Markovic led Siena to a triumph in the program’s first-ever postseason home match.

Markovic’s best season with Siena was in 2014, when the Saints compiled a 10-8-2 overall record. The 10 victories tied for the second-most wins in program history. Siena had its first-ever undefeated home season (6-0-2). The Saints went 5-3-2 in MAAC play.

“I would like to thank Cesar for the commitment that he has made to the Siena men’s soccer program, our student athletes, and the College over the past seven-plus years,” John D’Argenio said. “He has reached a personal decision that I am sure was challenging to make. Cesar has enjoyed a long and successful collegiate coaching career that has impacted many lives, and I wish him and his family great success in their new endeavor.”

Markovic compiled a 213-211-58 career record in 25 seasons. He began his coaching career in 1995 at Division III Hunter College. He moved on to Saint Peter’s from 2000-03 before taking over at Stony Brook. Markovic was there from 2004-10, then had a two-year stint at New Jersey Institute of Technology before coming to Siena.

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