Eugene Chyzowych

January 27, 1935May 10, 2014

Eugene Chyzowych known by so many as “Coach C” the engaging, dedicated and inspiring teacher and coach who devoted his life to every player and student he met, died Saturday with his family at his side following a long battle with cancer. Gene Chyzowych was 79.

A resident of West Orange, NJ, Gene was a former professional player, served as head coach of the US men’s National team and Olympic team and was a long-time high school coach with one of the top records in the country.

Gene was born on January 27, 1935 in Ukraine, and fled from war-torn Europe to the United States with his parents and two brothers at the age of 13. A soccer player from the start, Gene became a stand out at Philadelphia’s North Catholic High School and at Temple University where he graduated in 1963. He went on to play professionally in the U.S. and Canada.

He later coached in the American Professional Soccer League and served as U.S. National and Olympic team coach in 1973-74. He also served as President of the American Soccer League.

During those early years of soccer in the United States, Gene along with his late brother Walter Chyzowych helped shape the U.S. soccer program.

Together, Gene and Walt started the All American Soccer Camp & Coaching School, one of the first such sport-specific camps in the U.S. in the early 60s, where his energy, enthusiasm and love of soccer influenced tens of thousands of youngsters and aspiring coaches. In 1963, Gene became a teacher and head boy’s soccer coach of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., where he would go on to coach and teach thousands of students over the next 51 years. When Gene retired in 2013, he had amassed a record of 757 victories, which ranks third in the nation all-time high school win list. He captured four New Jersey state championships, 24 conference titles, 16 state sectional crowns, and produced hundreds of All-Americans, All-State and All-Conference players in high school and college, many of whom have gone on to become college and high school soccer coaches. Gene also coached the Columbia girls’ volleyball team, compiling a 227-0 career record, a 11 -year winning streak and likewise producing numerous championship and lauded athletes. Among the countless awards and honors bestowed upon Gene he was most proud of his 2009 induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame and being the 2014 recipient of the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award. He is survived by the love of his life wife Anna of 50 years, son Eugene Jr., son Michael, daughter in law Nicole, grandchildren Thomas and Julia, and his brother Ihor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday May 12, at the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 145 E Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, N.J, 07039.

The Funeral Service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday May 13, at Saint John's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, N.J. 07981.

The family requests 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 Road West Orange, NJ 07052


Eugene Chyzowych

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June 4, 2014

Anna and family,
My sincere condolence. I will always remember our many special conversations and his keeping a close eye on my car (which he truly loved).May God bless.
Judy, from the doctor's office(living in Delaware now)

thomas peff

May 22, 2014

I remember Mr. C holding soccer training sessions when I was in 8th grade in 1963. That was the first time I met Gene. When he came to CHS he taught a Russian language class in addition to Phys ed and coaching soccer. He was also my driver's ed teacher. I am proud to say he was my soccer coach. Over the next 51 years my entire family had the privilege of knowing Mr. C, Walter, Anna, the boys, and his extended soccer family of players and coaches. I cherish all these memories and am honored to have known Coach C..... Somewhere up there I am sure Gene and Walter are now telling my son Andrew how to settle and kick the ball.
Tom Peff CHS Class of 1967

Nan Owen

May 22, 2014

My condolences to his family & friends. He was quite the icon back in the CHS '70s. Rest in peace, Coach.

Rob Coyle

May 19, 2014

The best Coach I ever had. Kindness man I ever met. I proud to have known you Coach C. You gave me and everyone you encountered so much...

May GOD hold you and keep you until we meet again... in Heaven...GOD Bless You!!!

Rob Coyle

Curt Richards

May 18, 2014

As a novice to Soccer, when I played for Coach C in 1965 & 1966 at CHS, he instilled in me his passion for the sport and enthusiasm for teaching. I remember all the Saturday mornings of youth Soccer in Maplewood. I remember vividly attending the All American Soccer Camp and meeting Walt and Lenny Lucenko. Those early beginnings allowed me to play on a championship college team, try out for an Olympic team, play some semi-pro soccer, coach youth soccer and college soccer and in general focus my adult life. My two younger brothers played for Coach C and he even energized my father to become a state licensed referee. I am deeply saddened for his family's loss of a husband, father, grandfather and great friend. The great reward of his life is the countless thousands of people and their families who benefited from his love and passion for soccer and even more importantly Coach Cs desire to help improve the quality of life for others. Thank you Coach C and a special thank you to Anna and the entire Chyzowych family for sharing him with us for the last 50+ years

Mario and Maria Luciani

May 15, 2014

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Beth Caskey

May 15, 2014

My heart goes out to the "C" family. Mr. C was a wonderful coach and mentor to many. He not only taught us rules of the court/pitch but lessons of life. He will live on in the hearts and memories of many.

Coach Cortico

May 14, 2014

My condolences to the family.
Coach C was a great coach with a tremendous passion for the game of soccer.
We had our battles on the field but I always respected Gene. Rest in peace coach.

May 13, 2014

He was a great coach to many at Columbia HS, and a friend and leader to many parents who become youth coaches due to him. My heart goes out to his family. Eric Yergan South Orange, NJ

May 13, 2014

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Coach Chyzowych. Mary Ann Uschak