Years with Lancers: 1976-79 (coach)
Born: Ivangrad, Montenegro, Yugoslavia
The all-time winningest coach in Rochester Lancers history and one of the pioneers of the North American Soccer League. Played nearly 100 matches for the St. Louis Stars and the Kansas City Spurs from 1967-1971 and was regarded as one of the top midfielders in the league, earning first team all-league honors in 1971. Played for the Toronto Serbian White Eagles in the National Soccer League of Canada from 1971-1973 and coached the side in 1974 and 1975, when the White Eagles won Canadian Cup title and represented Canada in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
Became the head coach of the Lancers in 1976 and led the team to 2 straight playoff appearances, including the NASL semi-finals in 1977 against the Cosmos. Named the first head coach of the Major Indoor Soccer League’s New York Arrows in 1978 and, with many Lancers’ players on the team, won 4 straight titles from 1979-1982 and earned Coach of the Year in the 1980-81 season. Moved to the Golden Bay Earthquakes in 1983 and was named NASL Coach of the Year. Coached 6 more seasons in the MISL with the Las Vegas Americans, Pittsburgh Spirit, New York Express and St. Louis Storm before retiring from professional coaching in 1992.
Helped to found St. Louis based Lou Fusz Soccer Club in 1992. Coached 8 youth teams to Missouri State Cup titles from 2000-2010. Named to the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.