By Chardonnae Parker/Delta Staff Editor
Most coaches struggle to get wins year to year and many can only hope to maintain a steady place to coach for multiple decades.
Missouri Valley College Soccer Coach Vladimir Simic is in his seventeenth season as head men’s soccer coach at Missouri Valley College and this seasonc reached his 200th career win at MoVal.
Simic reached his milestone win in a victory against the Beneditine Ravens back on October 19. Simic was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the year for three years during his head coaching reign at Missouri Valley.
According to the Valley Will Roll athletic website: “Since 2010, Simic has won four Heart regular season championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2017), three Heart Postseason Tournament titles (2010, 2015, 2017), qualified for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship seven times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), advanced to the National site four times (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), the National semifinals twice (2015, 2017) and played in one National championship match (2017). The program’s best finish was as National runner-up in 2017. Simic has also been named the Heart Coach of the Year three times (2011, 2014, 2017) and NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice (2014, 2017).”
Simic has been in the spotlight previously at Missouri Valley College in 2012 winning his 100th career win in a game against Graceland University in the opening round of playoffs.
“It is crazy to get 200 wins. We have one of the, in my opinion, one of the top five toughest and most competitive conferences in the nation. So to reach 200 wins while coaching in this conference is and honor and privilege.” Simic said. “ I feel good but this is also a motivation for me to keep going and not stop here.”
Simic spoke about his great alumni base. As previously stated Simic has had a number of notable players come and go through his coaching career at Valley. Simic said he has players, and even students from all over that keep in touch.
“There are a few honestly I can say we speak once a week, other less but a lot of guys players or not, sent a lot of messages, phones calls after that 200th win so that was special,” Simic said.
In an interview with KMVC news, assistant soccer coach Mark Campbell Soccer said: “He is very passionate and works very hard. He wants not just to win games clearly. He is always about making players a better person.”