Jason Palkovic enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the Herkimer Generals Women's Soccer team and is coming off back to back Region III titles. In 2018, Herkimer advanced to the National Championships with a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten and # 1 ranked Erie CC in the Region IIIA Championship Game. The Generals finished 5th at the NJCAA Women's Soccer Division III Championships in Rockford, Illinois and Palkovic was named Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year and the US Soccer Coaches North Region Coach of the Year for the 2nd straight year. He has an overall head coaching record of 46-10-1 entering the 2019 season.
In 2017, the Generals played in the National Championship game for the first time in Herkimer women's soccer history, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Brookhaven (TX).
Palkovic was the assistant coach in 2014 and 2015, helping the program to its first ever back-to-back regional championship after a fourth place finish at nationals in 2015. Palkovic has 14 total years of experience, doubling as an assistant for the Herkimer Generals men’s soccer program as well, helping them to five national championships (2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
Palkovic was a standout at Palmyra Area High School, near Hershey, PA, where he held the high school's record for total points in a season. During his time at Palmyra Area High School he received numerous accolades. He was named to the Patriot News Big 11, Lebanon Daily News 1st team, MVP, 1st team Mid-Penn All-Star, Central Penn All-Star and led his team in goals & assists his senior year.
He played soccer in the Greater Pittsburgh Outdoor Premier League, where he won the golden boot for top goal scorer, for two years before moving on to coach the Rome Free Academy varsity girls soccer team (1999 and 2000) and the Westmoreland-Oriskany boys varsity soccer team (2001). He also helped in the forming of the Rising Stars soccer club, where he was director of coach and player development. Palkovic holds a state goalkeeping & advanced regional diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Palkovic holds an A.A.S. degree from Herkimer College. In addition to his coaching duties, he is employed full-time as a technical assistant in the Athletic Department.
Athletic Director Donald Dutcher said, “Jason has an extensive resume as a player and a coach, and he truly understands the Herkimer Generals culture and commitment. His knowledge of the game of soccer and experience at Herkimer will provide a high level of consistency for the program and our student-athletes.”