Coach Elmar Bolowich enters his fourth year as the Creighton Soccer Academy Director this summer. Prior to coming to Omaha, he was a 22 year director for a successful summer boys’ soccer camp at the University of North Carolina, where he formerly coached. He brings the same desire to have a “Camp of Excellence” at Creighton as he did at Carolina. Coach Bolowich personally hires his entire staff, writes a new curriculum every summer, and is on the field for every session of camp instructing or observing. He also talks to the campers about the recruiting process giving them information that is important for the college-bound athlete. Campers have plenty of opportunity to get to know all of the Creighton coaches at camp, including Coach Bolowich.
This fall, Coach will lead Creighton men’s soccer for the fourth season. In his first two seasons, 2011 and 2012, he took the Bluejays to back-to-back College Cups for the first time in program history. These two postseason runs added up to Coach Bolowich’s fifth-consecutive College Cup appearance as a head coach in NCAA Division One men’s soccer. In 2011, Bolowich put together one of the most successful single-seasons in program history, earning a trip to the NCAA College Cup and posting a 21-2-1 record. Bolowich picked up three coaching honors following his work in 2011, earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year, the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and the MLSSoccer.com Coach of the Year, leading Creighton to its first College Cup in nine years. Creighton’s 21 wins in 2011 marked the second most in a single season, just one win behind the 2000 squad’s 22 wins, while making Bolowich the winningest Creighton coach in his first year on the bench.
Bolowich was a part-time coach at UNC in 1986, quickly got promoted to full-time assistant coach in 1987 and was handed the head coach job after successfully proving his worth in 1989. Coach was at the helm when the Tar Heels won their first national title in 2001. He also guided UNC to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and four College Cups, including three straight trips to college soccer’s Final Four in his final three seasons in Chapel Hill. Six of his teams advanced to at least the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament and three teams captured at least a share of the ACC regular-season title in addition to winning the 2000 ACC Tournament championship. Bolowich is the winningest coach in UNC men’s soccer history, posting a 280-144-40 (.647) record during his 22 seasons in Chapel Hill. He was awarded ACC Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2010, NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001, and NSCAA National Coach of the Year in 2001. In 1999, he was given the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association National Merit award, which is given annually to one college coach whose reputation is recognized by soccer officials as praiseworthy and reflective of the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior
Coach Bolowich not only produces winning collegiate teams, but he has a proven track record of developing young men into international and professional players. Twenty-one players who were coached by Bolowich at UNC played professionally in 2010, including 11 in Major League Soccer and three abroad. In total, Bolowich has coached 39 players who have been selected in MLS drafts since 1996, including a school-record tying four from Creighton in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Bolowich was active in youth soccer in North Carolina, serving as a regional staff coach with the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Olympic Development Program for Region III and as Director of Coaching for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. He coached the Durham-Chapel Hill Strikers U-19 club team to the 1990 Maguire Cup Final Four and, starting in 2007, he coached the Triangle United Soccer Association’s boys Gold team, leading them to three state and regional championships. Triangle United also advanced to two national finals under his guidance.
Bolowich is a native of Edenkoben Germany. He and his wife of 27 years, Nina, have a daughter, Alya, and a son, Alex. Alex is a goalkeeper for the Bluejays. Nina is the office manager for Creighton Soccer Academy.