Former Loyola University soccer great Stan Koziol, who also played briefly for the Blast in an eight-year professional career, passed away Monday morning after battling leukemia. He was 48.
Koziol, a New Jersey native, enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Loyola, where he was a two-time All-American (1986-87) and remains the program’s all-time leader in assists. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1994.
Koziol began his professional career playing outdoors for the American Soccer League’s Maryland Bays in 1988 and, after a season with the Boston Bolts in the ASL, returned to Baltimore to play for the Blast in the 1989-90 season.
“He was not only a father figure to me as my older brother, but also to his teammates and everyone around him,” said his brother Joe Koziol, who played with him at Loyola and followed his path in the professional ranks. “He was able to get the best out of everyone in a win situation and a loss situation. He always had the strength, desire and will and everyone always rallied around him.”