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Longtime Morton softball coach Eukovich resigns from ‘dream job’

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:48 a.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman file photo – backerman@shawmedia.com)
Tom Eukovich, seen here in 2010, is leaving the Morton softball program after winning seven regional titles and posting a 232-134 record as head coach.

BERWYN – Tom Eukovich, who has coached the Morton varsity softball team for the past 11 years, has resigned from the position.

Eukovich led the Mustangs to seven regional titles and a 232-134 record. Before leading the varsity program, he was a sophomore coach for four years and spent 13 more as an assistant varsity coach.

“The time has come to say goodbye,” Eukovich said. “I would like to thank Morton District 201 for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a great softball program for the past 28 seasons.

“I would also like to thank my many assistants and lower-level coaches as well. Most of all, I would like to thank the players for the dedication and time they put in.”

A graduate of Morton West, Eukovich started his career with Morton softball as a sophomore coach when current North Central coach Jim Kulawiak was in charge. When Kulawiak moved to North Central in 1988, Art Kasak took over and made Eukovich his assistant.

Kasak is the program’s all-time wins leader with Eukovich right behind him since Morton East and West combined for athletics.

“Kulawiak, I learned a lot from him,” Eukovich said. “He was real good with fundamentals and discipline.

“Kasak taught me a great deal about the game itself.”

This season Morton went 17-8 and won a regional for the first time since 2010. Under Eukovich, the Mustangs had won six regionals in seven years from 2004-10.

“I lived in Berwyn all my life so it was kind of a dream job to have something in my community that had some success,” Eukovich said. “I have no regrets. I had a lot of success and a lot of fun.”

Eukovich said he hasn’t decided yet if he will take on another job.

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