MCCC Announces New Coach for Men's Soccer
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."
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
Coach Larry Povia
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
High school soccer players interested in more information about the MCCC
men's soccer program should contact Larry Povia at 609-570-3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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