MCCC Announces New Coach for Men's Soccer


West Windsor, N.J. - Larry Povia, of Florence, has been selected as head coach for men's soccer at Mercer County Community College, according to Athletics Director John Simone. Povia served as assistant coach and goalkeeping coach under Charlie Inverso, who announced his resignation earlier this year after 24 years at the college.

"Larry has played a big part in the team's consistent record of success," Simone said. "He is the logical choice to step in and pick up where Coach Inverso left off."

Under Inverso and Povia, the Vikings earned a record of 434-46-14 and won five National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) titles. He helped lead the Vikings to the NJCAA Final Four 12 times since joining the coaching staff in 1984 and has trained a long list of MCCC All-Region and All-American players. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2008, one of only two assistant coaches to be selected.

Head Coach Larry Povia

"It's an honor to come in after Charlie," Povia said. "I plan to draw on my soccer experience and use this opportunity to help our student athletes achieve their athletic and academic goals."

Povia was an original member of the Mercer National Tournament Association, a volunteer group that worked with the MCCC Athletics Department under the direction of Al Leister to host the NJCAA National Tournament on the college's campus from 1982 to 1990.

A soccer player since the age of 10, Povia was a goalkeeper at Steinert High School and then Rider University, where he earned his B.S. in Commerce in 1977. He is an information technology manager for the State of New Jersey.

High school soccer players interested in more information about the MCCC men's soccer program should contact Larry Povia at 609-570-3746 or

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