If North Carolina men’s soccer coach Elmar Bolowich returns to his fourth consecutive College Cup next season, he won’t be taking the Tar Heels with him.
After 22 years at the helm in Chapel Hill, the winningest men’s soccer coach in UNC history resigned Wednesday in order to become the head coach at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
“I am very honored and excited to formally accept the head coaching position for the men’s soccer team at Creighton University,” Bolowich said in a press release. “(Creighton Athletic Director) Bruce Rasmussen has made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, as he is willing and able to provide the resources to make Creighton soccer a national power.”
As a result, the University has named the program’s top assistant, Carlos Somoano, head coach on an interim basis. Team spokesperson Dave Schmidt said the athletic department will conduct a hiring search for the position and that Somoano will be considered as a candidate.
The news of Bolowich’s departure came as a surprise to Somoano, who said he did not know Bolowich had been thinking about leaving. Bolowich visited Creighton this past weekend and told his team he was leaving Wednesday afternoon.