"A man whose contribution [to American soccer] has been of such consequence, yet so diverse and substantial, that the total quantification is elusive."
--Bob Gansler

About Walter Chyzowych Fund

Walt Chyzowych, a man who helped shape soccer in America, died unexpectedly at age 57 in 1994. Chyzowych served as US National Team and Olympic Coach and as Director of Coaching for US Soccer. Under Chyzowych's leadership, US Soccer Coaching Schools trained thousands of coaches in a methodology and with a philosophy which now characterizes American soccer.

In memory of Walt Chyzowych's life long work and in recognition of his legacy, the Walt Chyzowych Memorial Fund (WCMF) was established shortly after his passing and continues today, as the Walter Chyzowych Fund (WCF) at the NSCAA Foundation, to honor those like Walt who have dedicated themselves to the Game of Soccer in America.

Administered by the NSCAA Foundation (http://www.nscaa.com/foundation), the WCF dispenses funds to aspiring coaches and to NSCAA Scholar Athletes who exemplify the principles of life and sport as espoused and exemplified by Walt Chyzowych.

Walt Chyzowych Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement

Gene Chyzowych, 1935-2014


It is with deep sadness that the Walt Chyzowych Fund reports the passing of Gene Chyzowych on Saturday, May 10, 2014 following a lengthy illness.

In January, Gene was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the years, the Walt Chyzowych Memorial Fund had asked Gene to accept the award, but he had humbly turned down the honor in favor of “those more worthy.” This year, however, on the 20th anniversary of Walt’s passing and with his decision to retire, Gene finally accepted.

Upon learning that he would be receiving this year’s award Coach C stated, “This is a very special honor. Walt was my brother, but was also my mentor and best friend. To be named the 2014 recipient and be included with previous recipients who have made such an incredible impact on US Soccer is both heart-warming and humbling.”

Born in the Ukraine, Gene moved to Philadelphia at the age of 13 from war-torn Europe with his parents and two brothers, Walter and Ihor. Like his brothers, Gene was a local soccer star, playing at Temple University and then professionally in the United States and Canada. He also coached the U.S. Men's National soccer team in 1973.

He began teaching as a physical education instructor at Columbia High School in 1963 and led Columbia to four state soccer championships and a total of 757 wins, which ranks second in New Jersey and third in the nation all-time. He also coached the CHS girls volleyball team from 1977-1988 and compiled a remarkable 227-match winning streak.

In 2007, the Hollywood feature film “Gracie” was inspired by two of Gene’s former players, Elizabeth and Andrew Shue, and included appearances by Columbia HS players and its legendary coach.

Gene was a member of the NSCAA for over 50 years and was National Soccer Coach of the Year on several occasions, was honored by the NSCAA with a Letter of Commendation in 1996, and in 2009 was inducted into the prestigious National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Gene is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anna; his sons, Eugene Jr. and Michael; his daughter-in-law, Nicole; grandchildren, Thomas and Julia, and his brother, Ihor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039. The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Saint John's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 60 North Jefferson Rd., Whippany, N.J. 07981.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Barnabas Cancer Center/Oncology Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, N.J. 07052.