JONESBORO, Ark. (1/28/10) – After being named the Gulf South Conference men's soccer coach of the year this past season, Tafadzwa Ziyenge was named the head women's soccer coach for Arkansas State during a Thursday press conference at the Convocation Center. Ziyenge becomes just the fourth women's soccer coach in program history.
"I feel very blessed to be in the position that I am in," said Ziyenge. "I would like to thank God for guiding me to Arkansas State. I am very excited to join the Red Wolves family and want to thank Dr. Lee for giving me this opportunity. I am taking over a team that was coached by a great coach, and though I didn't meet him in person he did contact me yesterday and he had wonderful things to say about the school, the administration and the players. So I am very happy that I am coming into a very comfortable and family-like situation."
Ziyenge joins the Red Wolves after reviving both the men's and women's teams at Alabama-Huntsville, holding a 96-90-6 career record on the women's side, advancing to the semifinals of the GSC tournament on five occasions, and achieving a top-10 regional ranking this past season.
Under Ziyenge's direction, the Chargers women's team posted a 9-7-0 record and a 4-3 GSC record in 2009.
In 2009, Zyienge directed the men's program at UAH to the conference tournament finals and a no. 6 regional ranking while achieving a 6-7-4 GSC record.
Ziyenge also has coaching experience on the club level, coaching the Fernbelt FC Boys team during the 1994-95 seasons.
"Tafadzwa is highly respected by his peers within his profession," said Dr. Dean Lee, ASU Director of Athletics. "He is very passionate about the game and loves the game, which is very evident. He has a great work ethic and tremendous character, integrity and knowledge about the game."
During his playing career at Alabama-Huntsville, Ziyenge collected a slew of individual awards, including being named conference MVP. He was the top goals scorer in the league while earning all-conference and all-region honors. Ziyenge also earned conference tournament MVP honors and was named the Mayor's Cup MVP.
After earning his bachelor of science in business administration from UAH, Ziyenge continued his playing career with the Huntsville Fire of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League from 1997-98 before joining the Tennessee Rhythm of the USL Professional A-League for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Ziyenge holds a USSF C License and joins the Red Wolves program after ASU posted its best season to date, going 8-10-3 in 2009.