Hiram College officials today appointed Daniel J. Zemanski to the position of head men’s soccer coach. Zemanski has served as the first assistant with the program for the past eight years and has assisted Head Coach Carl Capellas to develop one of the most competitive NCAA Div. III soccer programs in the Midwest. Capellas recently resigned to join the soccer staff at the University of Akron.
Zemanski is a 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he also played soccer as a student-athlete for the Tarheels. Before arriving at UNC in 1982, Zemanski played for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1988-1995, he played semi-professional soccer with the Lake Erie All-Stars.
Prior to coming to Hiram, Zemanski was an Assistant Boys’ Soccer coach at Hudson High School. He also coached youth soccer with the GFS Soccer Club and the Everest Soccer Club in Hudson where he currently works as director of the club and has won several State-Cup Championships. He currently coaches the Everest U18 premier team, which is ranked fourth-nationally in the age group. In addition, he has made coaching stops at Upper St. Clair High School in Western, Pennsylvania and the Beadling Soccer Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Zemanski is one of the premier youth coaches in Northeast Ohio who has coached several of the top youth players in the area. His son, Ben, currently plays for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.
“Dan is an extraordinary talent evaluator and recruiter,” said Hiram College Director of Athletics Tom Mulligan. “He has been active with all facets of our program during the past eight years and is well-connected with youth, club, and high school coaches throughout the Midwest. We feel very confident that he can continue the growth of our program.”
Zemanski will be taking over a program that started the 2012 season a perfect 9-0 and finished the season with a 15-3-1 overall record and were third in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a 6-2-1 mark. Hiram also qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the second straight season and fourth overall in program history since joining the NCAC.