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Bill Karpovich, legendary ex-Calvert Hall coach, dies

Bill Karpovich, the legendary Calvert Hall soccer coach, died Tuesday at his home at the age of 75, according to his family.

Karpovich, who graduated from Patterson and Johns Hopkins, coached Calvert Hall from 1967 to 1997 and finished with a 422-85-33 career record. He won 19 championships in the Maryland Scholastic Association and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. In addition to coaching, he was a math teacher and was department chair from 1968 to 1987.

A family member said his wife found him in the living room Tuesday afternoon.

Longtime UMBC men's soccer coach Pete Caringi, who played for Karpovich at Calvert Hall, said his former coach left a monumental impression that still remains in the Baltimore soccer community with a number of coaches guided by his influence.

"He was a disciplinarian who knew the game, understood the game and everybody that played for him had the utmost respect for him," Caringi said.

Former Calvert Hall soccer coach Andy Moore, an assistant under Karpovich for six years before taking over the program in 1998, was just one of the many he had a positive impact on.

"I was 22 when I came [to Calvert Hall] and so much what I became as a coach came from him. He was never satisfied and always pushed the kids. But he also had good perspective of what winning and losing meant," Moore said. "He was a great coach and a great teacher, too. People really respected what he did in the classroom. He showed up every day and pushed his students as much as he pushed his players."

Calvert Hall honored Karpovich during a halftime ceremony last September and held a reception to celebrate his coaching and teaching career.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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