Mark Zathey Head Coach Men's Soccer, Madonna University
Madonna University athletic director Bryan Rizzo announced Wednesday (March 13) the appointment of Madonna alum Mark Zathey as the new head men's soccer coach effective immediately.
Zathey is starting his second stint as a head coach at Madonna after leading the Crusader women's team from 2001-05.
"I am very pleased that we were able to get such a great coach and even better person in Mark," commented Rizzo after introducing Zathey to the team. "His roots with Madonna soccer date back to the inception of the program and he has remained a strong supporter of both the men's and women's teams through the years. I'm excited for the future of the program."
During Zathey's tenure with the Crusader women, his squads won five straight Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) championships and advanced to the NAIA National Championship in 2005. A three-time selection as WHAC Coach of the Year (2002, '04, '05), 21 of Zathey's players earned All-WHAC first team honors including 2002 WHAC Player of the Year Kelly Delaney and 2005 WHAC Player of the Year Kelly Japowicz. Zathey also mentored career scoring leader Sarah Pack (2002-04), a 2003 Academic All-American. A total of 20 of Zathey's pupils earned Academic All-WHAC honors and another 10 were tabbed as NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
All five of Zathey's teams were ranked in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll at some point during the season with 2005 team ending the season at number eight. Zathey is the leader in career wins with 71, posting a 71-21-12 mark in his five seasons for a .740 winning percentage.
"I am excited about this opportunity," said Zathey after his introduction to the team. "This step in my coaching journey is one that is a very emotional one. Madonna was very much a second home for me from '94-'05 when I was a student-athlete, and later a coach. Both soccer programs have a rich history. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the men's program and hope to continue to build upon the shoulders of the previous players and coaches who gave so much to the game."
A member of the first ever Madonna University men's soccer team in 1994 and a two-time team captain, Zathey is a 2000 graduate of Madonna with a degree in history and a certificate in secondary education. Zathey continued his academic pursuits, earning a master's degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 2006. Zathey also served as an adjunct instructor at MU in 2004.
Zathey has served as the technical director for the Michigan Rush as well as the director of the boy's Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2006 and has been a staff instructor for the MSYSA Coaching Education program since 2002.
Prior to his time with the Rush, Zathey was the director of coaching for the Northville (Mich.) Soccer Association from 2001-06. Zathey holds both a United States Soccer Federation "A" License as well as a National Youth License. He earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma in 2012. Zathey has also been on the staff of the Michigan Bucks PDL team since 2010.
Our staff includes current coaches of Madonna Men's Soccer players as well as current and former Madonna Men's Soccer players. Our staff is engaged, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.
Patrick Daugherty Madonna Soccer Camps, Head Physical Trainer