Challenge Hires Steve Trojanowski

June 2, 2013

Challenge Soccer Club Director of Coaching Pat O’Toole has announced the hiring of Steve Trojanowski as the newest member of the Challenge

staff. Trojanowski comes to Challenge after serving as a women’s assistant coach at 2012 NAIA Division 2 National Champion Daemen College (Buffalo, NY) for the previous two years.

"To say that I am excited about this opportunity at Challenge is an understatement. I would like to thank Pat O’Toole and his staff for giving me this opportunity to move my family to Houston. Iam excited to help build on Challenge’s storied history while also continuing to solidify the club as the top female soccer program in Texas and one of the elite clubs in the country" said Trojanowski.

At Daemen, Trojanowski was responsible for training the team goalkeepers as well as assisting in recruiting, practice planning, fundraising, travel preparations, and film analysis.

“Steve is one of the bright up and coming coaches in the country. Having the opportunity to bring in a former Division 1 player and national championship winning coach was too good to pass up. This is another hire that we feel reinforces our staff as one of the best around. We look forward to everything Steve will bring to our program as our players will undoubtedly benefit from his experience” said O’Toole.

Prior to his time at Daemen, Trojanowski spent a season as the men’s and women’s goalkeeper coach at his alma mater, division 1 Cal State Bakersfield. As an undergraduate at CSUB, Steve was a 4 year starter on the men’s soccer team and a thrower for the track and field program. He was recognized for his efforts by earning the University’s Flachmann Award during his s enior year which is given out to the school’s top athlete.

Prior to his work in the collegiate game, Steve gained five years experience at the high school level and served as Director of Goalkeeping for the Bakersfield Gunners Soccer Club. Additionally, Trojanowski works as a director alongside current Challenge Director of Goalkeeping, Chris Maravalli, and the World Cup winning US Women’s National Team coach, Tony DiCicco, at SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School


“I have known Steve for a long time and his energy and enthusiasm for coaching and goalkeeping are contagious. He has a great on field presence and an infectious personality that our players will immediately benefit from. Steve was a tremendous player and we are excited for him to get started with us. I know he will help us build the Challenge goalkeeper program into the best in the country” said Challenge Director of Goalkeeping Chris Maravalli.

Trojanowski, a 2009 graduate of CSU-Bakersfield, comes to Houston with his wife, Kaydee, and son, Declan.