Walter Chyzowych

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Walter Chyzowych
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-04-20)April 20, 1937
Place of birth Sambor county, Lwów Voivodeship, Poland
Date of death September 2, 1994(1994-09-02) (aged 57)
Place of death Raleigh-Durham, United States
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1957–1961 Temple Owls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1965 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals ? (?)
1961–1964 Toronto City ? (?)
1966 Newark Ukrainian Sitch ? (?)
1967 Philadelphia Spartans 15 (3)
1968–1970 Newark Ukrainian Sitch ? (?)
1971–1975 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals ? (?)
National team
1964–1965 United States 3 (0)
Teams managed
1961–1964 Philadelphia Textile
1966–1975 Philadelphia Textile
1971–1975 Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (assistant)
1976–1980 United States
1981–1982 Philadelphia Fever
1986–1994 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Walter Chyzowych (Ukrainian: Володимир Чижович, romanizedVolodymyr Chyzhovych) (April 20, 1937 – September 2, 1994) was a Ukrainian born soccer player who played for Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals and Newark Sitch of the American Soccer League and was later a coach for the United States national soccer team.[1] His older brother Gene Chyzowych (1935–2014) was also a professional soccer player and coach.

Chyzowych moved to the United States at an early age and was two-time first team All-American at Temple University where he attended from 1957–1961, setting a team record for goals with 25. His first club team was Toronto City from 1961–1964. In 1964, Chyzowych earned his first cap with the national team; in total, he earned three caps. Chyzowych also played one season for the Philadelphia Spartans of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967; he played 15 games earning three goals and three assists.

Chyzowych began his coaching career while as a caretaker manager, coaching the Philadelphia Textile from 1961–1963. Alongside Gene Hart doing play-by-play, he provided color commentary for the 1973 Finals of the North American Soccer League between the Philadelphia Atoms and the Dallas Tornado.[2] He also served as the touchline reporter at Soccer Bowl '77.[3] Chyzowych was the director of coaching for the U.S. Soccer Federation from 1975–1981. He coached the National Team from 1976–1980, including the qualification rounds for the 1978 and 1982 World Cups. His biggest win while with the National Team was 2–0 upset of Hungary in 1979. Overall, he had a respectable 8–14–10 record while with the national team. In 1986, he was named head coach at Wake Forest University, leading the team to four NCAA bids and one ACC championship in eight years.

Chyzowych was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997.



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