Legendary Calvert Hall soccer coach Bill Karpovich, who won 19 MSA/MIAA championships and 422 games in a 31-year coaching career at the Towson school, passed away of heart attack, at the age of 75, Tuesday evening.

Karpovich led the Cardinal soccer program from 1967 through the 1997 season and also served as a math teacher at the school from 1967 through 2001 and served as the Mathematics Department Chair from 1967 through 1997.

More than 40 of Karpovich’s players played professional soccer and six were named All-Metro Player of the Year.  In 1991, he was named National High School Coach of the Year and he was inducted into the Maryland State Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.

“Coach Karp was not only a great coach, but a great teacher,” said Chris Sliwka, who played under Karpovitch on Calvert Hall’s 1985 championship team. “He demanded the best out of you in the class and on the field.”

Sliwka, who currently is the President of the Cardinal Soccer Club, an alumni organization which raises funds in support of the Calvert Hall soccer program said that Karpovich demanded discipline.

“He was a disciplinary who you were afraid of but loved to play for. He made you believe in yourself and your teammates. As a player you would run through a wall for him,” said Sliwka.  “He taught us there is no I in team and individual success comes from team success. He would not hesitate to pull his best player out if you didn’t do what he wanted. He truly loved all of his players and we all loved him.”