Longtime Suburban soccer coach resigns

Tony Kowalewski announced his resignation recently after being a coach with York Suburban's boys' soccer team for 18 years, the last 10 of which he served as head coach.

Patrick Strohecker

When Tony Kowalewski first approached York Suburban athletic director Chris Adams about resigning as boys' soccer coach, the AD wouldn't accept it.


But, after 18 years with the program, the last 10 serving as head coach, Kowalewski officially had his resignation accepted by the school, which is now searching for a new boys' soccer head coach.

"Life is very busy, otherwise," Kowalewski said. "I got a daughter (Hannah) in college who's playing in college at Franklin and Marshall ... so we'd like to see her play more, and I got a son (Carter), who goes to Suburban, he's a sophomore, so we're trying to spend some time looking for the right college for him and, as I told somebody, the list of home projects has been sitting there untouched for 18 years, so I'm looking forward to doing some of that."

Kowalewski, 51, first started coaching with the Trojans boys' soccer program back in the fall of 1998. He spent the first eight seasons as an assistant with the team, before being hired as the head coach in 2006. However, during this past season, production at Kowalewski's full-time job, C-P Flexible Packaging, picked up, forcing him to put almost every minute of his life into work and coaching the soccer team. Usually, he said, after the Christmas holidays, he starts to get the itch to get back into soccer and get his players indoor practice time, but that just hasn't been the case this year. It was at that point that he realized that it was time to step aside from the program and focus on his family and career, while also giving somebody else the opportunity to guide the soccer team.

"I thought it was the right time," Kowalewski said. "Plus, I wanted to give (the school) ample time to find somebody. I didn't want to drag it out and think about it through the spring and then think, 'Eh, I don't want to do this.' So, now is a good time, they can find somebody and get the kids together for spring and summer activities."

In his 18 years with Suburban, Kowalewski has seen the program experience some outstanding seasons. In his first year, the Trojans made it to the league championship game and lost, but made it back the following season and won the title. In 2012, he guided Suburban to an undefeated regular season and made it to the quarterfinal round of the District 3-AA tournament. He's coached a couple players named to all-state teams and helped the Trojans become one of the most consistent boys' soccer programs during his time as a coach, missing the District 3 tournament just a couple times in that span.

This past season, Suburban was 5-7 in York-Adams League play.

"There were a lot of great memories," he said. "I'll miss it."

Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.