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Ave Maria soccer coach takes reins of CC Hurricanes

January 5, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Hurricanes have been extremely busy during the offseason. They have added new owners, new business partners and new staff.

The most impressive accomplishment happened on Christmas Eve as they received word that Joe Zakowicz had accepted the position as head coach.

"I couldn't be happier," said Hurricanes general manager J.P. Terrasi. "This was honestly one of the best Christmas gifts I could have asked for. Joe is an exceptional coach with a vast amount of coaching, administration and leadership experience. He knows how to build a team and develop players, but more importantly he has strong Christian values and an unwavering faith that will help build strong character in our players as well."

Zakowicz, who is the men's head coach at Ave Maria University, accepted the Hurricanes' position only a few days after it was offered.

"It just seemed like a perfect match," said Zakowicz. "After I ... had a few days to do some soul searching with my wife, it became clear that this was a great opportunity. They have a solid reputation and I hope that I can help build a team everyone can be very proud of. It really seems as though everything is falling into place. We have a lot of talent here in Southwest Florida and we're going to compete at a very high level. This is what I love to do and I'm committed to impacting our players... physically, mentally and spiritually.

"I'm extremely excited about the upcoming season and plan to remain with the organization for years to come. We're intent on building something special here."

Zakowicz has proven success on both the men's and women's NAIA circuit. He just concluded his second season at Ave Maria where the team knocked off two-time defending conference champion St. Thomas University in a late season clash. He also garnered the respect of his peers with his selection as the conference Coach Of The Year.

Prior to Ave Maria, Zakowicz was the architect at the Mid-Continent University men's soccer program, which he built into a national contender. He led that team to a 142-64-18 record from 2000-09. He has an overall record of 157-84-19 in collegiate men's soccer (12 seasons), and an overall coaching record of 202-123-21 over 17 total seasons coaching both men's and women's soccer.

His teams have won six regular season conference championships, four conference tournament championships, three region championships, and one national championship (NCCAA).

As one of the newest and most ambitious clubs in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the Cape Coral Hurricanes will be making other major announcements over the next few weeks.

The NPSL season runs May through July with regional playoffs leading to a national championship.

The Hurricanes play in the South Region and in the newly formed Sunshine Conference that also features the Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia Revolution, Miami United, Jacksonville United and Tampa Marauders.

For more information about the Hurricanes contact Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email



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