Boylan coach of 17 years retires from girls' soccer

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ROCKFORD, Ill., (WIFR) -- Mark Couper, a veteran Boylan Catholic High School soccer coach, will step down from his role as girls' coach after 17 years.

Couper will remain with the boys' soccer team where his son CJ plays. This change will provide more time to spend with his older son Zach, who is in his first year at the United State Air Force Academy.

With over two decades in the game, Couper has amassed a record of 302-84-32. Although to him, his greatest achievement is not about the numbers. "”I am grateful for the opportunity to help put Boylan soccer on the map. I am humbled and proud of my alma mater for its student
athletes who are dedicated and hard working.”

Couper's history with soccer goes back to his own days as a Titan player under coach Frank Horvat. A 1988 alum, he began his Boylan coaching career in 1992 when Horvat hired him to coach girls' JV soccer. He assumed the duties as the head of girls' varsity soccer program in 2003.

He has coached boys' soccer in between.

Highlights of Couper's career include:

Girls’ record: 302-84-32
Boys’ record: 35-11-3
15 Conference titles
15 Regional titles
10 Sectional titles
5 Elite Eight titles
State Tournament: 2nd (2004), 3rd (2003), 4th (2002)
Conference Coach of the Year: Boys (2003), Girls (2005, 2009, 2015)
Sectional Coach of the Year: Girls 2003, 2005, 2012