Cal U names Sabic men's soccer coach
By For The Valley Independent
Published: Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:54 p.m.
A 10-year veteran of the California University of Pennsylvania soccer programs, Emedin Sabic was announced as the head coach of the men's soccer program.
Sabic was a four-year player from 2003-06 for the Vulcans under longtime head coach Dennis Laskey, who announced his retirement last week. Following his playing career, he served three seasons as an assistant with the women's soccer program before joining the men's soccer staff in 2010.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work for this great university alongside our faculty, staff and student-athletes. I look forward to building upon the amazing years I have had both as a student-athlete and as a coach,” said Sabic. “I would like to thank Cal U and specifically Interim President Geraldine Jones, Interim Vice President Dr. Nancy Pinardi, Interim Athletic Director Dr. Karen Hjerpe and my coach, mentor and friend Dennis Laskey for this privilege. Coach Laskey has dedicated his life to this university and the soccer programs and I will work tirelessly to honor that commitment.”
Sabic has been instrumental in Cal U reaching the post-season as both a player and assistant coach. As a player, he twice helped the Vulcans advance to the championship game of the PSAC Tournament and helped the program qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2004.
Sabic registered double-digit goals and assists while playing over 80 career games with 50-plus starts during his playing career. As a freshman in 2003, Cal U reached the championship game of the league tournament before the program earned the top seed in the PSAC Tournament the following year. In 2005, the Vulcans tied the school record with 14 wins and again advanced to the conference title game as the top seed in the tournament.
Originally from Bosnia, Sabic played a pivotal role in the transformation of the women's soccer program as an assistant coach. Following a four-win campaign in 2007, the Vulcans won a combined 31 games in the next two seasons and qualified for the post-season for the first time in program history. In 2009, Cal U advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament after allowing only one goal in its first three tournament games.
In his second year as an assistant with the men, the Vulcans qualified for the NCAA Tournament and registered its first-ever win in the tournament.
Sabic earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Cal U in 2007 and completed his master's degree in 2008. He and his wife Micheline were married less than two weeks ago and reside in Bethel Park
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