George Mason hires Elmar Bolowich as a men's football coach

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<pre><pre>George Mason hires Elmar Bolowich as a men's football coach

"Maybe you will get back into youth football at the end of your career, but running an entire club is very different from coaching a team," said Bolowich, who signed a four-year contract. "It didn't go as well as I imagined. I felt that my skills were better suited for college football, where I had my success. I have the connection to the coaches, the level of competitiveness and I miss university life in general because I was connected to the churches. I imagine doing the same in Fairfax. "

The native German replaces Greg Andrulis, a former MLS coach who resigned in November after several disappointing seasons towards the end of his 15-year term.

In Mason's quest, Bolowich was the only finalist with experience as Division I head coach. The others were assistants: Rich Costanzo (Pittsburgh), Mike Marchiano (Loyola), Scott Buete (Maryland) and Eduardo de Souza (George Mason).

When Bolowich submitted his application, Patriots Athletic Director Brad Edwards said, "I thought," Did I read that correctly? "I knew it was going back a long way and everything I knew was really positive."

Bolowich arrives in a region home to the last two NCAA champions (Georgetown and Maryland), a seven-time champion (Virginia) and several other successful programs. Americans, Howard, Navy, Virginia Tech and Maryland Baltimore County have reached the national semi-final at least once.

However, Mason has lagged far behind other schools in the region, and since no football team reoccupied the campus in the fall, Edwards has given priority to expanding football programs. Last season, the men's team was 4: 12: 2 in a high-ranking squad. The patriots have not qualified for the NCAA tournament since 2013.

"It should be a nationally competitive program that not only joins an NCAA tournament, but can also participate and win," said Edwards. “We have certainly experienced moments like this in our entire history. I don't know if the balance of power has changed, but it is certainly extremely strong in this region. It is a sport in which we have many expectations and can be nationally relevant. "

The region's rich youth landscape will support reconstruction, Bolowich said, but he also plans to attract high-profile players from across the country. He said that he will also increase the quality of the schedule.

"I am known for playing hard games, having a hard schedule to test my players," he said. Given that such upgrades are likely to have to wait until 2021 because most teams are committed to their 2020 plans.

Bolowich has strong connections in the region after dealing with Brian Wiese from Georgetown in the Great East, Sasho Cirovski from Creighton and Maryland, and George Gelnovatch from Virginia in ACC in North Carolina. He is also close to coaches in Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth and others in the Central Atlantic.

Bolowich was 280-144-40 in 22 seasons at the UNC and qualified 15 times for the NCAA tournament and four times for the national semi-final. In Creighton, his record was 115-40-17 with six NCAA berths in eight seasons.

For the past three years in Chapel Hill and his first two years in Omaha, he has led his team to the national semi-finals every season.

Bolowich said that he had not applied for any other job opportunities domestically.

"I contacted Mason. No others, 'he said. "I felt that it would fit well."

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