The 2012 season will mark Henry Zapata's second as a member of the College of Charleston women's soccer coaching staff.
Zapata serves the Cougars as a goalkeeper specialist. He came to CofC from the University of Illinois where he served as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's soccer team. In that capacity, Zapata assisted in all areas of team training, practice and competition and worked closely with the support staff to maximize student-athlete performance as well as development and academic success. He was also highly involved in on-campus recruiting functions as well as editing video content for development and analysis.
His job duties entail developing goalkeepers, administering full-team and individual training sessions, editing video and scouting of our opponents as well as serving as the main contact for the Center Circle Club, which leads CofC women's soccer's fundraising efforts.
Zapata earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois in Broadcast Journalism and Sport Management, respectively.
Zapata has also served as the head coach and goalkeeper trainer of the Little Illini Soccer Club of Champaign, Ill., since 2007. With the club, Zapata has created and executed team training plans for boys and girls aged U14-U18. He also coordinated travel and roster accommodations as well as provided leadership opportunities for players within the community.
From 2005-2008, he served as the boys assistant varsity coach and goalkeeper trainer at University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Ill., where he administered conditioning and both technical and tactical training for all goalkeepers in the program.
He is accredited as a coach with the USSF National "C" License and NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma.