Alen Kudumovic Inducted Into Mt. Mercy Hall of Fame
October 12, 2012
Congratulations to Alen Kudumovic, CRSA Director of Coaching for being inducted into Mount Mercy Hall Of Fame.
Kudumovic was an honorable mention NAIA all-American in 1999. He was also the Midwest Classic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick that season. During his career, Kudumovic was a two-time NAIA All-Region VII selection and garnered all-MCC honors all four years with the Mustangs.
Kudumovic and the Impossible Dream
October 12, 2012
He was sitting on the Mount Mercy campus, with Amir Hadzic '10, his former soccer coach. Smooth-faced with a shaved head, and as exuberant as an underclassman, Kudumovic, 37, had just listened to Hadzic detail the long ordeal that led both of them to the United States from war-torn Saravejo in what was once known as Yugoslavia (now Bosnia).
They had traveled only months apart through a Croatian refugee camp nearly 15 years ago and finally settled into a much better life in Iowa and at Mount Mercy.
On July 1, 2010, Kudumovic took over the duties as the Director of Coaching at the prestigious Cedar River Soccer Association, headquartered in Cedar Rapids. It is the culmination of a lifetime of work in soccer with youngsters who embrace the sport. After enrolling at Mount Mercy in 1999, Kudumovic became the school's first NAIA soccer all-American and his name is all over Mount Mercy statistical record books. He joins other former Mustang players coached by Hadzic who moved on to great things in soccer.
"That's not uncommon for our Mount Mercy soccer program," Hadzic said. "We have, currently, 13 (graduates) who are head coaches across the nation, and we take great pride in that. It's a big thing for us that we not only (have) people graduate who play soccer while they are here, but they continue being passionate about soccer and they spread that passion."
But Kudumovic's story is special. It is one of those heart-breaking tales that he related with no sadness or regret. In fact, pure joy inflected his voice as he recalled his early years in the United States. Kudumovic came to this country in November of 1995...FULL ARTICLE