Creighton men’s soccer head coach Elmar Bolowich was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Bolowich was honored for his work as the winningest head coach in the history of men’s soccer at the University of North Carolina and for his involvement with the North Carolina Olympic Development Program and the Triangle United Soccer Association.
Bolowich, who served as the head coach at UNC for 22 years before coming to Creighton in 2011, was joined by Bill Finneyfrock (high school coach in Charlotte) and Tony Suarez (former professional from Charlotte). The three inductees in the Class of 2012 brings the membership of the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame to 43.
A native of Edenkoben, Germany, Bolowich led the Tar Heels from 1989 to 2010, posting a record of 280-144-40 in 22 seasons. The winningest men’s soccer coach in program history, he guided UNC to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and four College Cups. In 2001 he led the Tar Heels to their first NCAA Title in program history and was named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year. He captured three ACC regular-season titles, was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2010 and was the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
In addition to his work in Chapel Hill, he was instrumental in youth player development in the state, working with the North Carolina ODP and club soccer at the Triangle United Soccer Association. He led his club teams to three state and regional championships, while Triangle United also advanced to two national finals under his leadership.
Bolowich led Creighton to the College Cup in his first season in 2011, as the Bluejays ended the year with a 21-2-1 record after a shootout loss to Charlotte in the NCAA semifinals. His first Bluejay team set an NCAA record with a 0.20 goals against average, while they also led the nation in shutout percentage (.792) and save percentage (.926). The Bluejays set a Missouri Valley Conference and school record with 19 shutouts, falling one shy of the NCAA record.