Cesar Markovic enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Siena Men's Soccer program. He was named the seventh head coach in Siena College Men's Soccer history on Feb. 7, 2013. Markovic, who has led three different programs to the NCAA College Cup, joined the Saints after spending the previous two seasons as the head coach at NJIT.
"We are fortunate to have Cesar join our staff and lead our men's soccer program," said director of athletics John D'Argenio at the time of his hiring. "He has proven that his teams achieve athletically while performing in the classroom as well. His experience as a head coach and having won championships will be a benefit to the young men on the team and the College."
Overall, Markovic begins his 23rd season as a collegiate head coach and 18th at the Division I level. He enters the 2017 season with a 199-182-47 (.521) overall record including a 141-156-41 (.478) mark coaching in the Division I ranks. At Siena, Markovic has posted a 33-36-11 (.481) overall record including an 19-16-5 (.538) mark in MAAC competiton.
Markovic previously served as the head coach at NJIT (2011-12), Stony Brook (2004-11), Saint Peter's (2000-04) and his alma mater, Division III Hunter (N.Y.) College (1995-00) and is the winningest head coach in program history all four institutions. Markovic has led his programs to four NCAA Tournament Appearances, guiding Saint Peter's into the College Cup field in 2003 and Stony Brook in 2005 and 2009. Both Markovic's 2003 Saint Peter's and 2005 Stony Brook squads each won First Round games. He also led Hunter to the regional semifinals of the 1999 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Siena continued to make progress under Markovic in 2016, advancing to the MAAC Semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Saints caught fire late, going unbeaten in 10 of their final 13 matches to finish 8-8-5 overall. Siena posted a 6-3-1 league mark to finish third in the MAAC, and mark the program's best conference finish in five seasons. The 2016 campaign was highlighted by the program earning its first-ever home postseason match, and ousting Monmouth in penalties. The Saints tied a program record with three MAAC All-Rookie Team honorees, and Siena was ranked 21st nationally in the first TopDrawerSoccer Top-25 Poll of the regular season following an impressive season-opening victory over LIU Brooklyn.
In 2015, the Saints continued to achieve program firsts under Markovic. For the first-time ever, Siena won multiple matches in a single MAAC Tournament, advancing to the conference semifinals as the No. 6 seed.
The following spring, Markovic was appointed Assistant Coach/Technical Assessor of the Puerto Rican National Team, which reached the Third Round of the Caribbean Cup for the first time ever.
Markovic has wasted no time in turning the Saints into a contender. In just his second season in 2014, Markovic led Siena to a 10-8-2 overall record including a 5-3-2 mark in league play which secured the Saints the No. 5 seed in the MAAC Championships. Siena's 10 wins were tied for the second most in program history and Markovic guided the Saints to the program's first-ever undefeated home season (6-0-2). Additionally, the Saints started a perfect 4-0 for the first time in program history, which included a victory over 23rd ranked Boston University. For two consecutive weeks in mid-September the Saints received votes in the NSCAA Top-25 Poll with a peak of 24 votes on Sept. 16 which marked the 32nd highest total in the nation. The Saints were also ranked as high as second in the Northeast in the NSCAA's regional rankings the week prior.
Prior to being named the head coach at Siena, Markovic spent the previous two seasons at NJIT where he led the Highlanders to their best mark at the Division I level in 2012 in posting a 10-9 record. NJIT was ranked in the NSCAA North Atlantic Poll throughout the season, achieving a peak ranking of third. In his first season, he guided NJIT to its first win over an ACC opponent, defeating Virginia Tech.
Markovic began his collegiate head coaching career at Hunter in 1995, leading his alma mater to the conference title in all five of his years. He was twice named the CUNYAC Coach of the Year and also earned Skyline Conference Coach of the Year honors.
At Saint Peter's, Markovic led the Peacocks to a school-record 18 wins in 2003 and was named the MAAC Coach of the Year. Inheriting a program that had gone 14 years without a 10-win season, Markovic guided Saint Peter's to a 10-win campaign in 2002 prior to the Peacocks' record-setting 2003 season.
Known for leading programs to quick turnarounds, it took Markovic only until his season year to turn Stony Brook into a contender. In 2005 he led the Seawolves to a school-record 13 wins and first-ever NCAA Tournament Appearance en route to being named the BigAppleSoccer.com Coach of the Year.
Markovic began his coaching career at St. John's Prep in Astoria, N.Y. from 1991-93, leading the school to Catholic High Schools City and Sectional titles in 1993. From there, he matriculated to Queensborough Community College in Bayside, N.Y. in 1994.
Markovic holds a USSF A License, the highest granted in USA Soccer, an NSCAA Premier License, and he was among the first American coaches granted a Brazilian Professional Coaching license after serving as an apprentice/assistant with the famed Sao Paulo FC. He also served as an assistant coach stateside with the professional Long Island Rough Riders in 1997 and 1998.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Markovic enjoyed a stellar collegiate playing career at Hunter where he is a member of the College's Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hunter in 1992 and his Masters of Science from Hofstra University in 1997. He is married to Tijana and has four children: Danilo, who is a senior on the men's soccer team, Alessandro, who is a freshman on the men's soccer team, Nikola and Viktorija.
Year-by-Year With Coach Markovic
|1995||Hunter||12-2-4||.778||n/a||n/a||CUNYAC Coach of the Year; Skyline Coach of the Year; CUNYAC Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1996||Hunter||10-4-2||.688||n/a||n/a||CUNYAC Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1997||Hunter||13-4-0||.765||n/a||n/a||CUNYAC Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1998||Hunter||13-6-0||.684||n/a||n/a||CUNYAC Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1999||Hunter||10-10-0||.500||n/a||n/a||NCAA Division III Regional Semifinalist; CUNYAC Coach of the Year; CUNYAC Conference Regular Season Champions|
|2003||Saint Peter's||18-5-2||.740||5-3-1||.611||NCAA Tournament Second Round; MAAC Champions; MAAC Coach of the Year|
|2005||Stony Brook||13-5-4||.682||6-1-1||.813||NCAA Tournament Second Round; America East Champions|
|2009||Stony Brook||6-10-4||.400||4-2-1||.643||NCAA Tournament; America East Champions|
|2011||NJIT||5-12-2||.316||1-3-0||.250||Led NJIT to program's first win over ACC opponent (Virginia Tech)|
|2012||NJIT||10-9-0||.526||n/a||n/a||Led NJIT to program's highest Division I win total|
|2014||Siena||10-8-2||.550||5-3-2||.600||Tied for second most wins in program history; Led program to first-ever undefeated home season (6-0-2)|
|2015||Siena||8-10-3||.452||5-4-1||.550||Led team to multiple wins in a MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history|
|2016||Siena||8-8-5||.500||6-3-1||.650||Won first-ever MAAC Tournament home match; Second straight MAAC Semifinals appearance|