New men’s soccer head coach: University of Northern Michigan hires NCAA Division 1 assistant Alex Fatovic to replace Dave Poggi | News, Sports, Jobs

Northern Michigan University’s Brady Kronenburg is brought down by Davenport’s Mads Skaaning as they battle for control of the ball late in the second half of their game September 26 at the NMU Soccer Field in Marquette. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Alex Fatovic will be the Wildcats’ new head coach, coming from NCAA Division I Columbia University in New York, where he served as an assistant men’s soccer coach since 2019.

Poggi had been the program’s sole head coach since its inception in the fall of 2016 and had a six-year record of 33-52-13.

“Alex is an exceptional communicator with a wide range of coaching knowledge and a clear vision to move Northern Michigan men’s soccer forward,” NMU Director of Athletics Forrest Karr said in a college press release about Fatovic’s hiring. “Alex is very organized and brings many ideas to partner with the local soccer community.

“His coaching philosophy is focused on individual well-being and a positive student-athlete experience on and off the court.

Alex Fatovic, new head coach of men’s soccer at Northern Michigan University. (Photo courtesy of NMU)

“He made a great impression on the search committee members, current student-athletes, and various other groups and individuals involved throughout the search process.”

Among his duties as an assistant coach at Columbia were carrying out day-to-day operations such as planning and executing student-athlete training, film evaluation and breakdown, facility coordination, travel , administrative duties, compliance, management of the team budget, admissions and coordination of camps, fundraisers and clinics organized by the men’s soccer program.

Fatovic has focused at Columbia on goaltending training and the defensive and midfield functional groups, according to the NMU statement.

“I’m excited to bring a distinct style of play to NMU, where the demands and standards will be raised every day with the goal of creating exceptional championship teams and characters who can represent the values ​​and mission of this great university. “, Fatovic said in the statement. “I’ve had the pleasure of working for top class coaches and mentors….

“It is through leadership, guidance and professionalism that I have been able to develop my own philosophy, which I look forward to bringing to Marquette.”

Northern Michigan University men’s soccer coach David Poggi talks to his team at halftime of their game against Davenport September 26 at the NMU soccer field in Marquette. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

In 2020, Fatovic established the Xcel Keeper Club in New York, which has a vision to develop goaltenders of all skill levels in and around the New York metropolitan area.

Prior to Columbia, Fatovic spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Division I Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia from 2011 to 2019. During that tenure, the Thundering Herd appeared in the Conference USA tournament five times , reaching the semi-finals twice with an appearance in the final.

Fatovic’s main responsibility at Marshall was training and recruiting goalkeepers.

As a player, Fatovic was a starter for three years in goal for Long Island University, playing from 2004 to 2008. After graduating with honors in 2008, he continued his playing career with the Aegean Hawks of the US Adult Soccer Association, helping the team to the USASA National Championship in 2009.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is

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