Pitt soccer will suit up three players from Canada this season, an all-time program high.
Chris Karwoski commences his 12th season overall and sixth consecutively as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously served as an assistant on head coach Joe Luxbacher's staff from 1993-97. Those years produced some of the most successful campaigns in Panthers' history.
Prior to rejoininghead coach Joe Luxbacher's staff, Karwoski spent 11 years as the head men's soccer coach at Western Michigan University. At WMU, Karwoski produced 22 All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selections, nine MAC All-Tournament honorees, four All-Great Lakes Region players, the 2000 MAC newcomer of the year and 14 Academic All-MAC selections.
In 2003, Karwoski was named MAC Coach of the Year after directing the Broncos to a school-record 12 wins, the first and only MAC Tournament crown and the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA College Cup -a remarkable achievement for the Broncos in the tough MAC Conference.
While leading the WMU program, Karwoski was also able to garner much success at the Regional Club level. Under Karwoski's leadership in 2007, the Kingdom Reserves Super Y League Under-13 boy's team earned a Midwest Regional League runner-up finish and qualified for the North American Finals. Karwoski improved on his successful 2007 campaign in 2008 when he led the Kingdom Reserves Under-14 boy's team to a Midwest Regional League championship and again qualified for the North American Finals.
In 2009, Karwoski led the Kingdom Reserves Under-15 boy's team to an undefeated season en route to yet another Midwest Regional League championship. Karwoski's 2009 club also won the Junior Irish MDI championship and was a Michigan State Cup quarterfinalist.
Karwoski served as the top assistant at Pitt from 1993-97. While Karwoski was at Pitt in the 1990's, the Panthers averaged 10 wins per season, highlighted by a school-record 14 victories and a No. 22 national ranking in 1995.
In addition to his current responsibilities at Pitt, Karwoski is very involved in Youth Soccer in the Pittsburgh area. Currently with FC Pittsburgh as Director of Coaching for the U13 and U14 boys, Karwoski is also Curriculum Development Director for the Ohio River Valley Football Club feeder program for FCP. In 2010, Karwoski served asU16 Beadling Boys coachleading them to a PAWest State Cup Championship.
On his active role with the youth soccer program in the area, Karwoski says, "Keeping in touch with the Pittsburgh Soccer Community is a vital aspect of our Pitt program. There are so many talented players and quality coaches in our backyard that we need to be involved with as we build our recruiting effort to the highest level in the country."
A 1987 Farmington (Conn.) High School graduate and state championship player for FHS in 1986, Karwoski played collegiately at the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991. During his collegiate soccer career, Karwoski earned All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) First Team honors his senior year, was a two-time NCAA Tournament participant, and helped the Catamounts to their program best season ever (19-3-1) by helping anchor the UVM defense which allowed only 12 goals in 22 matches while advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1989.
Karwoski also captained the 1990 NAC Championship squad which went 12-6-4. He was awarded Vermont's Hal Grieg Award following his senior year which is presented to the Catamount- who, in the opinion of his teammates - has done the most for the Vermont men's soccer program through his desire, hustle and love of the game.
Following graduation, Karwoski played professionally for the San Diego Nomads, Forfar Albion of the Scottish Third Division, and the Polonia Falcons of the Connecticut Soccer League.
Coach Karwoski is a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Nationally Licensed "C" coach.
Coach Karwoski and his wife Terry Lynn (assistant coach for the Pitt women's gymnastics team) have four children: daughters, Corry, Kelly, Kathryn and son Jack.