Mark Obarski is entering his first season coaching both the Men’s and Women’s soccer team for the Blue Knights. Coach Obarski previously served as the Blue Knights Women's Head Coach for two seasons (14-15 & 15-16) and served as the Men’s Head Coach for the previous two seasons (16-17 & 17-18).
Mark had spent the previous 14 years as the head girls’ soccer coach at Eagan High School before joining DCTC in 2014. He currently teaches special education at Eagan High School where he has been employed for 24 years. As a high school coach, Mark was named coach of the year in 2006 and 2010 by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) and was named section coach of the year four times, 2010, 2006, 2003 and 2000. At Eagan, Mark compiled a record of 192 wins, 67 losses and 25 ties. He served as President of the MSHSSCA for two years and has also been involved with the board for several years.
Obarski has been involved in club coaching for over 25 years, as he primarily coached in the Valley United Soccer Club (BV United Soccer Club) and the Eagan Soccer Club. He also coached in the Minnesota Olympic development Program for several years. He primarily coached at the premiere level and classic one level.
Mark has extensive coaching licenses including a United States Soccer Federation National “C” License, a Dutch Course Certificate (Costa Mesa, California), a Dutch Advanced Certificate (Denver, Colorado) and the National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Diploma. He has attended symposiums with World Class Coaching (2007, 2008 & 2012), Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (2006 – 2012), Soccer Champions Clinic this year in Connecticut and was been a part of putting on the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) Coaching Clinic from 1995 - 2014.
Obarski grew up playing soccer with the Valley United Soccer Club and at Apple Valley High School. He played collegiately for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University. Mark and his wife Barb have been married for 32 years, have 5 children, and reside in Burnsville.