About Ricky Zambrano
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Ricky Zambrano, Associate Athletic Director / Men's Soccer Coach and Sports Information Director
Ricky Zambrano is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Thomas University men’s soccer team after serving the last six seasons as head coach for Men's and Women's Soccer. In January of 2010 Assistant Head Coach Chris Davidovicz was promoted to Head Women's Soccer Coach.
In 2011, TU will be hosting the A.I.I. Conference Tournament and have already booked an automatic bid into the postseason marking their fourth playoff appearance since Zambrano's arrival. The Night Hawks were eliminated in the A.I.I. quarter finals last season and fell in the semi finals in their previous two post season appearances. In 2010, the ladies made their first playoff appearance since 2004 and fell in the A.I.I. championship game.
Prior to arriving in Thomasville, Zambrano served as an assist coach at Louisiana State University. During his time in Baton Rouge, he played a major role in helping turn the Tigers into a nationally competitive program. In 2002 the Tigers were SEC Tournament Semi-Finalist, after defeating #1 seed Auburn University; the victory marked the first time in SEC Tournament history that a #8 seed eliminated a #1 seed. During the 2002 season, the Tiger defense, under his watchful eye ranked first in the Southeastern Conference, giving up the fewest goals and points, allowing just 16 goals and 44 points.
Zambrano’s contributions also stretched off the field. During his three years at LSU, he played a significant role in the recruitment of three Nationally Ranked Recruiting Classes. The 2003 recruiting class was the first in the program’s history to be nationally recognized. He also played a major role in helping raise attendance at LSU Soccer Park. In his three years, average home attendance rose 90%. His talents also helped the Tiger soccer team maintain above a 3.0 GPA in everyone of his semesters on campus.
In his highly successful tenure at St. Thomas, Zambrano accumulated a 47-30-3 overall record and led his team to Florida Sun Conference Championship titles in both 1998 and 2000. He was named Florida Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 1998. St. Thomas finished the season ranked among the NAIA’s top 25 teams in three of Zambrano’s four seasons and in 2000 he piloted the Bobcats to its highest ever NAIA national ranking, as St. Thomas earned a No. 5 ranking in season and finished the season at No. 12, the highest final ranking in school history.
Zambrano holds several school records at St. Thomas, including highest all-time winning percentage (.606), wins in a season (16), set in 2000, most conference wins in a season (11), set in both 1998 and 2000, and most consecutive wins in a season (8), set in 2000. His team also set a school record by posting seven shutouts in 1998 and 2000. Prior to becoming the head men’s coach at St. Thomas, Zambrano served as the team’s assistant coach from 1995-98.
He received his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in 2003 and received a U.S.S.F National “B” Coaching license in 2000. Zambrano holds national memberships in the U.S.S.F Coaches Organization and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Zambrano has served as a state staff coach for the Florida, Georgia and Louisiana Olympic Development Program.
Born in Queens, NY, Zambrano graduated from St. Thomas University in 1996, where he played midfield for the Bobcats from 1992-95. He was a member of the 1993 Florida Sun Conference championship team and also participated in the conference semi-finals in 1994 and 1995.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1996 and then received his Master’s of Science degree in management in the spring of 2000. Zambrano resides in Thomasville, GA and is married to the former Brandee McVicker, who is also the Head Athletic Trainer. Brandee and Ricky have a daughter by the name of Amaya Lee, who was born in May 2010.