John Kowalski will be honored with Chyzowych Award

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 Mathis, 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.
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