James graduated from Park University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business. On the soccer field, there weren’t many more decorated players than Katajwa to pass through the Park University men’s soccer program.
A two-time All-American (second team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior), Katajwa scored 46 goals in his four seasons at Park, including 10 game-winning goals. He also had 21 career assists for 113 points, playing in 78 games during his Park career. He led the Pirates to NAIA National Tournament appearances in all four seasons, and as a senior, he helped Park to a 10-match unbeaten streak, helping the Pirates finish 11-4-3 overall.
“James was a true All-American, on and off the field,” said Park men’s soccer coach Efrem Shimlis. “He was not only one of the best players to go through our program, but also one of the best people you could ever meet. We will miss his wonderful smile and positive attitude.”
A memorial service for former Park University men’s soccer standout James Katajwa is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. The service will take place at Julian Field on Park University’s Parkville Campus, 8700 NW River Park Dr, Parkville, MO 64152. A memorial fund has been set up in James Katajwa’s name at Platte Valley Bank. Memories of James may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.
A full obituary will be posted at a later date.