Head Coach Andy Fleming
July 29, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier men's soccer head coach Andy Fleming announced a pair of additions to his coaching staff, as two former Major League Soccer (MLS) draft picks, Chuck Rodriguez and Jed Zayner, have been named Director of Soccer Operations and Assistant Director of Soccer Operations, respectively.
Rodriguez comes to XU after a stellar career at UNC Charlotte, which included some memorable Atlantic 10 tournament clashes with the Musketeers. As a senior, Rodriguez was named first-team Soccer America, NSCAA first-team All-Mid-Atlantic region and NSCAA All-America, while leading the 49ers to the 2011 College Cup Championship game for the first time in school history. The Franklin, Tenn. native anchored a 49ers defense that had nine shutouts, limited 21 foes to a goal or less and only allowed four goals in 580 minutes of NCAA Tournament action.
Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's (MLS) Supplemental Draft by DC United and spent some time with them before moving on to Charlotte of the USL1 professional league.
"Chuck has championship DNA and was trained in what I consider to be one of college soccer's best environments demands, accountability and expectations wise" stated Fleming. "He is eager to be a coach and pay his dues and will fill big shoes left by David Krems. I'm glad he's finally on our side of the field and as an all American, MLS draft pick and national finalist he has a wonderful self-made story to share with our guys."
Zayner joins the Musketeer men's soccer program after an eight-year run in the MLS. A former All-American and 2005 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Zayner won back-to-back national championships at Indiana and left for the MLS after his junior year. The Valparaiso, Ind. native appeared in 49 games with the Columbus Crew and D.C. United from 2006-11. A No. 13 overall selection in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and a 2008 MLS Cup champion (Columbus Crew), he spent 2006-10 in Columbus before being traded to United in August of 2010. While in the nation's capital, Zayner started in each of his 13 appearances.
Most recently, Zayner served as an assistant at Santa Clara, while he finished his playing career as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes.
"Everyone talks about Jed's resume and pedigree," Fleming said. "He's well read, well liked, is a good listener and I think will be a great teacher and mentor for our young players, especially with our defenders. He's another self-made guy who rose from meager beginnings into great things, including a two time NCAA national champion and MLS cup champion. I'd be remiss to not mention his experience with my mentor Jerry Yeagley and the Indiana winning fiber and the habits he brings along with being an eight-year professional."
Rodriguez and Zayner join a Xavier club that finished 2012 ranked No. 21 in the final College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll and were ranked No. 22 in the recent College Soccer News Preseason Poll. The Musketeers wrapped up the 2012 season with a 14-3-5 overall record, which included the program's first NCAA Tournament at-large bid, tourney victory and third-straight appearance into the 48-team field. Additionally, the Musketeers posted a program-record 14 victories and set new marks for assists and total points. Outscoring the opposition 31-8 with four shutouts, XU finished with a 9-0-1 record on their home pitch. Dating back to the 2011 season, Xavier has gone 14-1-2 over their last 17 home contests and is currently riding a 13-match home unbeaten streak (11-0-2). Led by 2013 College Soccer News preseason All-America first team selection senior Nick Hagglund (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West HS), the Blue and White are set to return 17 players, including eight starters, from last season.