Jay Vidovich: National Champion Coach
Jay Vidovich ‘82 was named head men’s soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.
Originally a soccer player at Indiana University, Vidovich transferred to Ohio Wesleyan. A three-year starter with the Bishops, Vidovich was a captain his senior year when the team advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Vidovich graduated from OWU with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. He continued his education at the University of Denver, earning a master’s in sport science.
His first assistant coaching position was with the Pioneers for one year. The team made it to the NAIA Division II regional championship.
Vidovich was an assistant at Regis College for one year before returning to Ohio Wesleyan as an assistant men’s soccer coach. In his two seasons with the Bishops, the team had a 30-8-2 record and were ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the U.S.
Vidovich was an assistant at Wake Forest University from 1986-93 and head coach from 1994-2014. In his last three seasons, Vidovich compiled an excellent 60-7-4 record for Wake Forest. While leading Wake Forest to four College Cups in a row, in 2007 Vidovich guided the Demon Deacons to their first-ever national championship. In his last 14 years as the Deacons’ head coach, Vidovich led the team to the NCAA tournament 13 times.
Vidovich has been named ACC Coach of the Year five times, is a two-time choice as NSCAA National Coach of the Year, and has been named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year. He also is a recipient of the Walt Chyzowych Achievement Award.
With this rise in acknowledgement, more than 35 of Vidovich’s players have gone on to play professionally. Vidovich has coached two players who went on to play on the U.S. men’s Olympic team and at least one player who went on to the 1990 World Cup.
Vidovich has become very respected as a soccer coach for his work with numerous teams. With a good eye for recruiting, he has made great accomplishments and is one of the most decorated collegiate soccer coaches for his numerous awards and accomplishments.