Head Coach Mis' Mrak will be entering his first season as head coach of the Saints in the 2016-2017 season.
Aimee Niespodziany, Director of Athletics for Holy Cross College, is pleased to introduce Mis' Mrak as the new Head Coach for Holy Cross women's soccer. Mrak, who brings 15 years of Division 1 collegiate head coaching experience to Holy Cross, becomes the fourth coach in program history.
"I'm excited that Coach Mrak is coming our way," said Aimee Niespodziany. "I believe his experience at the Division 1 level will prepare him to be successful at Holy Cross and in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. "
With over 25 years of soccer coaching experience, Mrak brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. Mis' Mrak was the head men's soccer coach at Valparaiso University for 15 years where at the time of his departure in 2007, he was the all-time winningest coach in university history. Mrak was named Mid-Continent Conference (Now the Summit League) Coach of the Year three times, while leading the Crusaders to two conference Regular Season Championships. Mrak and the Crusaders won the conference tournament championship one time, and made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In the classroom, the Crusaders thrived, achieving a 90% Graduation Rate as well as boasting an annual team GPA average above 3.0.
Mrak, a native of northern Indiana, graduating from Portage High School, also brings a wealth of knowledge from his extensive club soccer coaching experience as well as high school. Mrak received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Technology Education from Metropolitan State College in 1988. For 18 years, Mrak has been on the Indiana Olympic Development Program Staff as a coach, Coaching Education Instructor, as well as being a member of the Indiana Soccer Association Coaching Committee. For six years, Mrak was an Olympic Development Staff Coach for Reigion II.
Mis' Mrak is currently the only coach in the state of Indiana to hold USSF Nation A License, USSF National Youth License, and USSF National Goalkeeper License. Mrak received his USSF A License in 1999, followed by his Youth License in 2001, and his USSF Goalkeepr License in 2007. Mrak has also been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) for 25 years.