Dec. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond announced today the hiring of Mohammed El-Zare as the fifth head coach of the Southern Miss women's soccer program.
"In searching for the right coach to lead our program, we had to find someone with an excellent resume for developing and recruiting talent, but also someone with a passion for working with our tremendous student-athletes at Southern Miss," said Hammond. "I believe our committee found the right person for the job in Mohammed El-Zare. His plan for success is directly in line with what we were searching for, and we are all very excited to have him as a part of the Black and Gold family."
"It is an honor and a privilege to join the Golden Eagle family," El-Zare said. "I would like to thank Mr. Hammond, Ms. Varnell and the search committee for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to all of us working together to bring the women's soccer program to conference, regional, and eventually national prominence. Joining a University so rich in academic and athletic tradition has always been a goal of mine and I look forward to getting started."
El-Zare comes to Southern Miss after a long and distinguished career in the soccer coaching profession, having led the Mobile Soccer Club as its Director of Coaching since 2007. During that span, El-Zare also assisted on the coaching staffs at the University of Mobile on the men's side and the women's side at the University of South Alabama (June 2002-2011). In 2011 with Mobile, El-Zare helped lead the team to the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference championship while coaching six SSAC all-conference members and five NAIA All-Americans.
"I am happy to welcome Coach `Mo' to the Golden Eagle family," added Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Sonya Varnell. "He has tremendous respect in the soccer community, is a student of the game, and has been successful in player development while playing and coaching at a very high level. I am looking forward to him building a competitive women's soccer program at Southern Miss."
While at South Alabama, the squad advanced to the Sunbelt Conference tournament in seven consecutive seasons and finished as the 2005 runner up.
Prior to his move to Alabama, El-Zare was an assistant on the women's side for two years at Florida International University. While in Miami, he was also the Director of Coach and Player Development for the Cape Coral Soccer Club (1999-2002).
Additional collegiate coaching experience for El-Zare included a four-year run at Saint Thomas University where he served as the assistant men and women's coach during the 1995 season before taking over the women's program from 1996 to 1998.
El-Zare's club experience includes time working with the Olympic Development Program of the Alabama Youth Soccer Association since 2002 and the Florida variant of the program prior to that.
Professionally, El-Zare has been a coach for the Women's United Soccer Association and spent time as a player with the Florida Stars of the USISL out of Miami and the Al-Kuroom Vineyard F.C. in Alexandria, Egypt.
El-Zare earned his degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education from Lincoln Memorial University in 1992 while also performing as a scholarship student-athlete. He holds a USSF `A' license, an NSCAA Premier diploma, a USSF National Youth License, a KNVB-Dutch Soccer Association Advanced license, a TOPS Soccer license, and an AYSO Intermediate license.