Former U.S. men's national team and five-a-side national team coach John Kowalski
is the recipient of the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented Saturday at the
United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.
Kowalski was unbeaten -- 2-0 win over Canada and 2-2 tie with Mexico at the North American Nations Cup in 1991 -- as the interim
national team coach between the tenures of Bob Gansler
and Bora Milutinovic
Kowalski-coached teams took third and second, respectively, the 1989 and 1992 five-a-side world
championships. The players from those teams will also be honored at Saturday's event.
Kowalski also coached the U.S. U-20s in 1993 and 1994, working with the likes of Clint
, John O'Brien
and Jovan Kirovski
as well as Chris Klein
and Jay Heaps
Kowalski, who was born in Poland and loved to Queens, N.Y., when he
was 14, played semipro soccer and then professionally indoors.
In 1980-81, at the age of 28, he was named head coach of the MISL’s Hartford Hellions. In 1981, Kowalski became head
coach of the Pittsburgh Spirit (at the time owned by Edward DeBartolo Sr.
He later coached in MLS for the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1997-98) and has been the women’s coach
at Robert Morris University the past 17 years.