When Cesar Markovic won his 200th career game as a college coach. (Courtesy of Siena College Communications Dept.)
Long-time men’s college soccer coach Cesar Markovic has decided to retire from coaching.
Markovic, who has directed the Siena College men’s program the past seven years, announced his decision on his Facebook page late Wednesday night.
“Well after 26 years as a college head coach, I have decided to retire next month from my dream job,” he wrote. “It was a very tough decision because I love Siena. It’s been an amazing ride! The wins and accolades were great but mostly I appreciate the friendships I made and all the places I visited throughout this amazing journey. I’ve done it all, seen it all and it’s just time for a new chapter in my life.”
Markovic did not say exactly what that chapter would be.
“We are moving to Florida for a fantastic opportunity and change of life!” he wrote. “I just really wanted to acknowledge and thank many people and let you know it’s a wrap.”
He thanked many people, including City University of New York Athletic Conference executive director Zak Ivkovic, University of Connecticut men’s head coach Ray Reid, B.W. Gottschee SC’s Ben Boehm and Dusan Draskovic for their guidance and athletic directors who hired him over the year.
Markovic went onto thank his father Miodrag Markovic “for being my inspiration and role model.”
“Thank you to all the players and assistant coaches, who helped me forge a successful career,” he added. “I am particularly proud of what all those guys did with their lives. I want to thank my family for being patient in a career that requires missing lots of important things. I mostly thank God for how blessed I have been.”
He also coached at Hunter College, Saint Peter’s College, Stony Brook University and NJIT.
Markovic forged a 213-211-58 record during his head coaching career while securing a 47-65-22 mark at Siena. The Saints finished 5-12-1 last fall.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Markovic began his coaching career at St. John’s Prep in Astoria, N.Y. from 1991-93, directing the school to Catholic High Schools City and Sectional titles in 1993. From there, he matriculated to Queensborough Community College in Bayside, N.Y. in 1994.
He also served as an assistant coach stateside with the professional Long Island Rough Riders in 1997 and 1998.
Markovic enjoyed a standout playing career at Hunter College and is a member of the College’s Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hunter in 1992 and his Masters of Science from Hofstra University in 1997. He is married to Tijana and has four children: Danilo, a 2018 Siena graduate who was a four-year captain on the men’s soccer team, Alessandro, a member of the Siena men’s team, Nikola and Viktorija.