Nick Markulin

January 23, 1948October 25, 2020

Nick Markulin, age 72, passed away on October 25, 2020. Visitation for Nick will take place on Thursday, October 29, at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd, Oak Lawn, from 3-7 PM. Interment Private.

He was a proud alumni of Eastern Illinois University while also being a member of their National Champion Soccer Team. Nick was also a member of the Brother Rice High School, Chicago Catholic League, and Illinois High School Soccer Hall of Fame. Nick spent 42 years of his life educating our youth as both a Teacher and Coach at Brother Rice High School.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Nick's name to any of the following: Eastern Illinois University Soccer Program Brother Rice High School Soccer Program

There will be a public memorial to honor and celebrate Nick's life in the spring at Brother Rice High School for former students, players and all associated with Nick's hugely impactful life in soccer and education.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 25 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.


  • Eastern Illinois University Soccer Program
  • Brother Rice High School Scoccer Program


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Rob Oehmen

November 10, 2020

Coach Markulin was always a class act. A great teacher and mentor; I respected him highly. One of my personal favorites in my educational history. I was very sad to hear of his passing. I reflect fondly on his stories and infectious enthusiasm to this day. He will be missed. May you rest in peace my friend. I wish the Markulin and Brother Rice family solace and peace in their time of mourning.

Ken Maginot

November 9, 2020

Thank you Pete Downey for pasting in a picture of the Sophomore (Class of 1979) team (nice haircuts and Pete is upper right hand corner!!). My relationship with Nick was certainly strained while at BR, but I saw Nick a few times post BR years and I felt we were on good footing! As Pete stated, Tom Fleming kept us in stiches with his impression of Nick. Nick's style was of passion and commitment; I really do treasure those days with Nick and my teammates. God Bless and RIP Nick.

Aaron Hogan

November 3, 2020

Coach Nick Markulin was the consummate professional, whether it was in the classroom as my Biology teacher, or on the soccer field as my soccer camp instructor. His underrated sense of humor coupled with his determination to impart knowledge and determination in his students and players was unmatched. May he rest easy. God bless Coach.

Diego Arechar

October 30, 2020

Had Coach Markulin first period P.E. swimm class. One day he had us shivering from the cold rinse we take before going to pool. (Usually had some instructions for what we would do and then get in warm water.) This day he had some funny as hell story to tell that seemed to last forever. Finally he tells to get in pool and he let us have some free day of fun & no swimm excersices. This was Coach Markulin, fun guy who always had a smile in the hallways. Never had him as an actual teacher but never forgot about those great stories of his before he let us get in the pool. Class of 98

Mike Dillon

October 29, 2020

I had the honor to play for Coach my senior year in high school at Brother Rice in 1975.

Nick not only taught me how to play soccer, but how to to be tough and compassionate at the same time.

Nick was always an inspiration with that twinkle in his eye and his love for the game and his love for life. He will be missed.

RIP Coach!

Bill Edwards

October 29, 2020

Brother Rice Class of 1975
I think we were the first class for Nick Markulin as a coach, and I am testimony to his skill at that. In 2 years from scratch he taught me to play soccer, and to kick field goals for the football team to get me into a great college and playing soccer throughout.

But there's more to the reason that I have taken inspration from Nick so many times over the last 47 years. Nick was the first person, to teach me to "put passion to it" whether it was sport or anything else we pursue in life. And the passion he taught was a very disciplined passion which is what made it so effective.

At the start, Nick did not just bring soccer to Brother Rice. He had to bring it to the the whole South Side by getting grade school kids to play and building his teams from the ground up. He had a vision and all the energy to make it happen.

I only saw Nick a few times since graduation. He carried that passion for sport and teaching throughout his life, being fully involved with whatever his current class of young men.

What could be the ratio: time Nick spent passionately teaching thousands of young men v. time Nick spent thinking about himself. Lots to learn about a good life from that calculation.

I have belived from the moment I met him that Nick Markulin was a Great Man.

Milan Hrebenak

October 29, 2020

He gave me my first jug! All kidding aside, Coach called my house the summer before freshman year, at a time I didn't want to be bothered, to encourage me to be on the soccer team. I had already made up my mind that I wouldn't and had put it behind me. It was a decision I made shortly after he kept us after soccer camp one day and told us that sometimes we had to find our own transportation from away games, highlighting Evanston, a place I never even heard of at the time. The thought of that frightened me. The call he made should have lasted no more than two minutes. Instead, the conversation went on for another ten minutes. I'm sure he heard it in my voice that I was no longer interested, but he was persistent, mentioning scholarships and other things that didn't make any sense to me. I didn't think too much of my future at that age. So, I just shrugged it off figuring there must be something in it for him, especially when he told me that there was politics involved with getting on the basketball team, the only sport I wanted to play. It turned out he was sincere and looking out for my future at a time when I was just a scared kid. He was absolutely right about the politics. He had a good heart and I realized later that he just didn't want me to regret my decision. I will cherish those words of wisdom and the respect he gave me. I am forever grateful for his unselfishness.

Robert Baader

October 29, 2020

Nick was a great coach and an honorable colleague with a fine sense of humor. It was an honor serving on the faculty with him. There should be a Last Post for soccer coaches.

Mike Oliver

October 29, 2020

I was fortunate (and sometimes intimidated) to encounter Nick as the coach of rival St. Laurence from '78 to '81. The games were intense but he was always a gentleman after the final whistle despite the outcome. I also worked many Brother Rice games as a referee and learned to respect his compassion for the game. During those years we became friends. Whenever possible, we would end up at Bakers Square or a nearby restaurant for coffee and pie another one of his passions. Nick made me a better coach and referee but more importantly a better person. Thank you my friend. Rest in peace!

bob pechloff

October 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Nick Markulin. I was the varsity soccer coach at Quigley South in the 1970's and 1980's. Quigley South and Br. Rice had some epic soccer battles on the south side of Chicago. Nick's teams were always well prepared and his team always left everything on the soccer pitch. I left Quigley South in 1986 and moved to St. Louis due to my wife's job transfer. I would continue to follow Chicago area soccer, in particular, Quigley South, Br. Rice, St. Ignatius, Marist, H-F, and others. Nick was so dedicated and committed to the game, his players, and Br. Rice. They don't make coaches like Nick Markulin anymore, God Rest his Soul in Heaven.


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