Creighton head coach Elmar Bolowich announced his resignation late Monday evening as he is set to become the Executive Director of Armada Youth FC in Jacksonville, Florida. During his time at Creighton, Bolowich created quite the legacy.
He accumulated a 115-40-17 record throughout eight seasons and led the team to six NCAA Tournament appearances. In those six appearances, the Jays advanced to the College Cup and the NCAA men’s soccer semifinals twice. Bolowich and the Jays won four regular-season conference titles and two conference championships. The accolades and awards are all there for Bolowich. He was extremely successful on the field during his time at Creighton, and his legacy at Creighton cannot be understated. Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said it best.
“The thing that I really appreciated about Elmar is that he ran his program with passion, with intelligence, and with high character.” Rasmussen said. “It was obvious by the way he coached that he wasn’t using the players to develop his program. He was using his program to change the lives of his players.”
Rasmussen emphasized how much Bolowich meant not only to Creighton, but to the players. Not only did he create a winning atmosphere on the field, but off the field as well. This is a prime of example of why he is so beloved at Creighton. Bolowich is so special to Creighton that fans have their own chant for him. Although his last two years didn’t meet Creighton’s expectations, we can’t let that change his legacy. He faced what should have been rebuilding years. He faced replacing a national player of the year contender. He faced increasingly high expectations. And he continuously succeeded. As Bolowich moves on to a new role and Creighton turns to another chapter, we can’t forget the positive impact the Bolowich has had not only on the men’s soccer program but on Creighton as a whole.