|Title:||Class of 2011|
Of all the student-athletes to compete for WPI over the years, chances are not one had the accomplishments John Maxouris had prior to his arrival on Boynton Hill. The Athens, Greece, native lived up to the lofty expectations and ended up producing a Hall of Fame career in just two years at WPI.
Before enrolling at WPI, Maxouris was a member of the Greek Olympic team in 1970 and was named an All-American in 1972 and 1973 at Orange County Community College in New York. He also distinguished himself by playing for various clubs in Athens, New York, Houston, and Atlanta.
Maxouris wasted no time making a name for himself in 1974. During his first season with the Crimson and Gray, he set a new school record with a jaw-dropping 24 goals and eight assists for a staggering 56 points. The Engineers posted a record of 11-2-1 that fall and advanced to postseason play.
During his senior season he dealt with defensive schemes keyed on denying him the ball and still delivered impressive totals of nine goals and four assists for a total of 22 points. Winning was still in the cards for the Engineers as the team registered a 9-3-1 mark in 1975.
“John had the ability, more so than any player I've seen before or since, to put his corner kicks in the net on the fly,” says former WPI sports information director Steve Raczynski. “If a keeper played it safe and took a central position in the goal mouth, John could curve his shot into the near corner or far corner, whichever one he thought he'd have a better shot at. He had a magnificent touch.”
Maxouris’s achievements are all over the WPI history books. He still holds the school single game record for goals in a game when he netted five markers in a wild 8-6 victory over city rival oly Cross. He tallied 33 goals and 12 assists for a total of 78 career points.
“It was very rare at WPI to have players with such high talent,” says former WPI coach and Hall of Famer Alan King. “It was amazing to have a player like John Maxouris around—not only for his high skill but for his maturity. He was able to score goals and improve his teammate’s play by his example.”
Maxouris graduated with a degree in computer science in December 1975 as a member of the Class of ’76. He went on to receive a master of science from Trinity College and University in 2002. He has spent his professional career in the United States and Greece working as a business engineer for large corporations such a Citibank (Athens), United Jersey Banks (New Jersey), Verizon (Athens), Orange & Rockland Utilities (New York), and Greenbrier & Russel (Atlanta).
John currently lives in Athens with his wife, Maria, and his daughter, Christina, but plans to return to the States within the next two years.