Paul Kowerko is in his seventh season overall and second straight as an assistant men’s soccer coach for Heartland Community College, and is in his second stint with the program.
Kowerko joined the Hawks during the program’s very first season in 2007 and was with Heartland for five years before returning to help lead the squad in 2013. During his two stints with Heartland, the men’s soccer program has seen 14 All-Region 24 players, 21 all-conference players, 11 academic all-conference selections, two Academic All-Americans, a two-time Region 24 Player of the Year, and the 2010 Region 24 Midfielder of the Year.
In Kowerko’s first year back in 2013, he helped the Hawks to a 7-13-1 record, an appearance in the Region 24 quarter finals, and helped coach All-Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Conference First Team pick Kevin Cheatham.
In 2011 Heartland went 7-8-4 with four All-MWAC selections and two All-Region 24 honorees, and tied the team high in home victories with a 9-3-0 mark.
The 2010 season saw the Hawks match their team high in overall victories at 13-5-1, set their highest home winning percentage at .818 (9-2-0), tie for their most Region 24 wins in a season at 7-2-0, and earn their highest ever Region 24 tournament seed at #2. Javier Torres became Heartland’s only First Team All-American pick, was named the Region 24 Player of the Year for the second straight season, and joined Region 24 Midfielder of the Year Tyler DeGroot on the All-Region 24 First Team.
2009 was a record year for the men’s soccer program as Kowerko helped lead the team to its highest ever winning percentage of .764 (13-4-1), which also set the team high for wins in a single season at 13, and a 7-2-1 Region 24 record, which also set the team high for Region 24 wins in a season. The Hawks were seeded third in the Region 24 tournament, their highest in the first three years of the program, and featured Region 24 Player of the Year, M-WAC Player and Freshman of the Year, and Second Team All-American selection Javier Torres.
In 2008, the Hawks increased their season win total by two games to 9-12-0, and went and 4-5 in the Region 24. The Hawks were seeded seventh in the Region 24 tournament for the second straight season and saw the program’s first three All-Region honorees.
In 2007, the Hawks went 7-11-1 overall and 2-6-0 in the Region 24 in their inaugural season, while earning the seventh seed in its first ever Region 24 tournament.
Kowerko also coaches for the Midwest Reign Soccer Club in Bloomington, Illinois, and has previously worked for two years as an instructor and player developer at Club Magic in Frankfort, Illinois, and as the co-coach for the first varsity high school program in the Twin Cities at University High School.
In 2010, Kowerko worked with Juan Carlos Michia (National USSF Coaching Coordinator) in the selection process for the U.S. National Teams assessing Hispanic and other minority players. He coached for two years at Club Pegasus in Chicago, Illinois, has been invited three times to be an Olympic Development Program (ODP) Regional Coach for the U-17 men’s team, and has worked as a trainer while conducting clinics for two years at Blackhawk College in Moline, Illinois. Lastly, Kowerko spent five years as a summer camp instructor at N.C. State University, and has coached several traveling teams and by doing so, has helped develop many top-notch players on the club, state, regional, national, and international levels.
Kowerko currently holds his "E" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and has a high school coaching license.
The Argentinian native played semi-professional soccer in Springfield, Illinois and played club soccer at Illinois State University for then head coach and current Heartland head coach, Bodo Fritzen, and also served as an assistant to Fritzen.
Kowerko also has club experience playing at Club Cooperatives in the Northeast League of Argentina in the “C” Argentine Division, and at Club Huracan in the same league and division, but left the club at the age of 16 in order to move to the United States.
Kowerko played varsity soccer for Las Brenas Sarmiento School in Chaco, Argentina, and represented various youth clubs in his native country.
Kowerko and his wife, Phyllis, have two children and three grandchildren.