LU hires Zapata as soccer assistant

Published 5:24 pm Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — Henry Zapata was named associate head coach of the Lamar women’s soccer team, LU head coach Steve Holeman announced Tuesday.

Zapata, who served as an assistant coach at Elon University last season, previously spent two seasons as Holeman’s assistant coach at Georgia, helping the Bulldogs post a 22-15-3 record in those two campaigns, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, a season that saw Georgia ranked as high as 14th in the nation.

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“It’s great being able to join Steve again here at Lamar University,” Zapata said.  “I’m happy he has provided me with this opportunity to help this team and also allowed me to get closer to my family.  I’m looking forward to helping this team achieve its goals, and succeed on and off the field.”

Zapata has also served on the staffs at the College of Charleston and the University of Illinois. He has also coached club soccer in South Carolina and Illinois.

Zapata, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Illinois in 2008 and a master’s degree in sport management from Illinois in 2011, holds a USSF National “B” coaching license.

“I’m excited to have Henry Zapata join our staff,” said Holeman, who was named LU’s head coach last month.  “He brings a wealth of experience, energy, and enthusiasm and will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals as a program.”

The Cardinals will open their 10th season of soccer in August.

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