Cape Coral Hurricanes Team News

2013 Pre-Season News (November 2012 - April 2013)

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Hurricanes Draw Miami Internationals in Last Pre-Season Home Game!

The Hurricanes shocked everyone by dominating the game and coming away with the 2-2 draw!

April 27, 2013 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

The Internationals had come and in force. The Miami United NPSL soccer team brought all but two of their high touted and famed international players to Cape Coral Friday night for the 2nd leg of the Everglades Cup Series between them and the Cape Coral Hurricanes.

Two weeks ago, the Hurricanes traveled to Miami for leg one of the series on a late Sunday afternoon. The game was scheduled to be played the night before but because of field conflicts, Miami had to ask for the game to be rescheduled until Sunday afternoon. The Hurricanes still made the trip although with a severely depleted 13 player roster since many of them had work and school commitments. The highly touted and all star Miami team proceeded to roll up a 6-0 score on the much less experienced, undersized and younger Hurricane squad.

"I was looking forward to this game for two weeks ever since we played them in Miami," stated Hurricanes General Manager J.P. Terrasi, "we wanted to prove that we could play and had a better squad than we brought over there before. We added a few key players and are starting to get our college recruits in town that we’ve been waiting for. The team we are forming is going to be formidable."

On Friday night, Miami had brought a similar team that the Hurricanes faced two weeks prior but there wasn’t much the same with the Cape Coral squad at all. Even though the Hurricanes only got three new players in from the dozen or so that they are expecting back from college, everything looked and felt different about the team even leading up to the opening kickoff.

Both teams lined up prior to the game for the walk out and you could just feel the excitement and anticipation growing on and off the field. After a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Damasco, the teams huddled together to start the much anticipated rematch.

From the opening kick, the Hurricanes squad rallied and played with more heart and determination than their age and experience showed on paper. Two of the newest members to the Hurricane’s squad, Cody Antonini and Nick Murawski took charge and made an immediate impact. There was gritty play from the start, as the veteran Hurricane players worked with their newer members and took it straight to Miami.

The Hurricanes dominated time of possession in the first half and also played well off the counter as was showed by the team’s first goal. Davian Cranston took a good midfield pass down the left side and had a great cross where newcomer Cody Antonini was finishing his run and tucked it home for the first score of the game.

The second goal came just over ten minutes later as the Hurricanes, who were really starting to play well together, had a string of successful good passes that was started by newcomer Nick Murawski in midfield and he also ended it after completing his left-sided run where he slammed the ball home cross-corner past the goalkeeper.

The growing Hurricanes crowd erupted in cheers as their home team went up 2-0 over the highly touted, and much acclaimed Miami United squad. The Hurricanes continued to press but the Miami United team got their shots in as well after that and could have went on the board a few times if it weren’t for some excellent shot stopping from Cape Coral goalkeeper John Damasco.

As the Hurricanes have done before, they had a momentary lapse of defense right at the end of the first half.  That brief moment though allowed Miami to get on the board with a well placed corner kick and subsequent scramble in front of the net.  Stefan Diopp was in the right place at the right time, as he popped the ball past the Hurricane keeper with less than 20 seconds to go of injury time.  The halftime score was Cape Coral Hurricanes two and Miami United one.

The second half started much like the first half with the Hurricanes coming out and pressing the play.  They outshot the Miami team in both halves 14 to 12 but the Hurricanes had four shots that could have easily doubled the score.

Each team made substitutions and play went back and forth through the remainder of the game until the final possession when Miami had backed up the Hurricanes deep into their zone.  Miami was knocking on the door when one of their players went down easily just outside of the box forcing a free kick.

The Miami player stepped up and drove the ball over the Hurricane wall and hit the underside of the crossbar in the top left corner.  The ball ricocheted and fell just over the line for the game’s final goal.  Although the game ended in a 2-2 tie, the Miami team got much more than they were hoping as the younger Hurricanes played very hard and well together throughout the game.

Even the famed Miami striker Simone Quintieri was impressed with the Hurricanes play at the end of the game, “they have some good players on their team and I was impressed, especially with their number 14 (Forward Antonio Wint),” Quinteri stated, “he was good”.

Both teams are two of the newest to the NPSL and are members of the newly formed Sunshine Conference that also includes Jacksonville United, Tampa Marauders and the Georgia Revolution.  For more on the game and the players for both teams, you can visit their websites at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com and www.MiamiUnitedSoccer.com.  There has already been a highlight video of the game placed on Hurricane’s Youtube page.

Next Saturday night, May 4th marks the first match of the Inaugural NPSL season for both teams when the two teams play each other once again at Cape Coral High School at 7 p.m.  Even though there have been a few NPSL games played out west, the rest of the country is starting on May 4th.  You surely don’t want to miss exciting match as these same two teams square off next weekend.

Tickets will be sold at the gate for only $6 for adults, $4 for students and then youth (14 and under) who are members of any youth soccer organization, can get in FREE with a paid adult as long as they wear their soccer club jersey.  You can check out more specials online at: www.CapeHurricanes.com

For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team, players, tickets and ticket promotions, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurricane’s U23 Reserve team, or any other questions, please see our website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com or contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and you can also get information on becoming a Stormtrooper, which is their official supporter’s club at:  https://www.facebook.com/StormtroopersCapeCoral

For more information about the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), see:  www.npslsoccer.net

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

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The Internationals Are Coming from Miami!

The Hurricanes Will Once Again Take On the Highly Talented Players from Miami United this Friday.

April 23, 2013 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

They are coming! The highly touted and highly talented Miami United International soccer players are coming to Cape Coral this Friday night. The game will be the 2nd leg of the Everglades Cup Series that the Cape Coral Hurricanes and Miami United will play this summer. They are set to play each other four times for this special series and two additional times in NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) play.

Both teams are two of the newest to the NPSL and are members of the newly formed Sunshine Conference that also includes Jacksonville United, Tampa Marauders and the Georgia Revolution. The first leg of the tie that was held two weeks ago was a difficult one for the Hurricanes as they lost 6-0 but Miami had requested that the game be rescheduled to a Sunday afternoon game from the already scheduled Saturday night game and the Hurricanes were missing many key players that afternoon.

Even though the NPSL is primarily a developmental league in the U.S. Soccer pyramid, a few teams have made the decision to have professionals on their squad. Miami United is one of those teams that have made the decision to forgo the use of college players and instead have recruited top players from all over the world. According to their website at: www.miamiunitedsoccer.com, they have international players hailing from Honduras, Brazil and even a player that was signed by AC Milan in Italy. They list Simon Quintieri, Daniele Fortunato and Joao Paulo Marangon as the "Brazitalians" on the team, Mattia Desole as their key recruit from AC Milan and three other Honduran Internationals as well.

Most teams in the league use numerous college players to make up their squads and according to NCAA rules, those players cannot report to spring camp until after May 1st. So, as the Hurricanes and most of the teams across the country, are still waiting on some of their key players, those few teams, like Miami, have already had their full squads in camp and have been training regularly.

"It will surely be interesting," said Head Coach Joe Zakowicz, "our players got quite the education when we went to Miami a couple of weeks ago but it was good for them to play against that kind of quality."

J.P. Terrasi, General Manager of the Hurricanes had this to say, "it was shocking, to say the least, to hear that Miami had gone away from their initial intention of using college players and had decided to sign professionals. It’s great for them to be able to recruit top players like that, but it doesn’t bode well with having parity in the league. It surely doesn’t seem fair, but I know that our guys are up for the challenge."

This exciting game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday night, April 26th, 2013 at Cape High School. Tickets will be sold at the gate for only $6 for adults, $4 for students and then youth (14 and under) who are members of any youth soccer organization, can get in FREE with a paid adult as long as they wear their soccer club jersey. You can check out more specials online at: www.CapeHurricanes.com

For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team, players, tickets and ticket promotions, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurricane’s U23 Reserve team, or any other questions, please see our website at: www.CapeHurricanes.com or contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and you can also get information on becoming a Stormtrooper, which is their official supporter’s club at:https://www.facebook.com/StormtroopersCapeCoral

For more information about the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), see: www.npslsoccer.net.

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Announce 2013 Season Schedule!

For Upcoming Inaugural NPSL - 4th Division of U.S. Soccer Season

April 1, 2013 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

After an extremely successful first open tryouts where over 50 players signed up, the Cape Coral Hurricanes will hold their second tryout session of the season this weekend Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th at Ave Maria University.

The Cape Coral Hurricanes announced their full season schedule today that not only highlights their Inaugural NPSL (National Premier Soccer League – 4th Division of U.S. Soccer) Regular Season games, but also some high quality games during their pre-season and post-season as well.  The Hurricanes will play two special soccer series called the “Gulf Coast Cup” Series with the Tampa Marauders and the “Everglades Cup” Series with Miami United both new teams to the NPSL. 

The Hurricanes will play a minimum of 11 home games this year at Cape Coral High School as they will be bringing in some major market teams from cities like: Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Atlanta.  The five teams will be playing in the newly formed Sunshine Conference, which will be in the South Region of the NPSL. 

The Hurricanes will also have two games against local All Star teams as they did most of last year’s Exhibition Season.  As you’ll recall, the Hurricanes played a full exhibition season in 2012 featuring games against four USL PDL teams as well as local All Star and tournament teams.  They ended the season with an impressive 4-3-2 record in their first year.

This year though, they aim to improve on that record.  J.P. Terrasi, the team’s General Manager states, “even though we are playing some big market teams, we have put together a very solid roster with some well known names from Southwest Florida.  Some of these players made the All Region and All State teams while they were in High School here over the past few years.”

“Now, they have taken their God given soccer talents to some top soccer college programs all over the Southeast but they are coming back home this summer to play with us.”  Terrasi also stated that they will be making their Pre-Season roster known in the next couple of days and will make the announcement about the formal 26 man NPSL roster very soon.

Head Coach, Joe Zakowicz (Head Coach at Ave Maria) has been training the players three to four times a week over the past few weeks in preparation for this upcoming Pre-season and NPSL season.  He is also excited about the possibilities that this newly formed team will bring.  “We are extremely pleased with the incredible turnout we got for our two tryouts.  There are definitely some talented soccer players here in Southwest Florida,” Zakowicz stated. 

“It’s going to be exciting to see these players play again.  They were fantastic in high school, went off to college to play for some good programs and now, after we told them of the progress and ambitions of our Hurricanes organization along with the fact that we got into the prestigious NPSL, they’ve agreed to come back home to play with us.  It’s going to be a great summer!”

Everyone can see the full schedule on the team website and as J.P. Terrasi claims, “it will be exciting to have these two “Cup” series take place right here in Cape Coral.  Cape Coral High School is going to be ‘soccer central’ this entire summer with all of these high quality games being played here.  We may even need to call it “Soccer City” or “Goal City” by the time we are done!”  Which of course refers to the recently popular coined phrase and success that the FGCU basketball team just brought to Southwest Florida. 

Who knows, the Cape Coral Hurricanes might just shock the nation with a run at the NPSL title this season and we’ll keep that incredible Southwest Florida sports momentum going.  In any case, we know that there will be some top quality soccer played this summer with the new NPSL season and with these two unique series of games. 

Both series of games will take place during their Pre-Seasons, Season and Post Season schedules.  On top of playing each of the teams in a Home and Away series for the NPSL league commitments, they will play each of them four times (two more home and two more away) to complete each of these series.  The winners of each series will get an actual trophy that will be engraved with the winner’s names and passed along each year.

It all starts though this coming Friday night as the Hurricanes will play the Tampa Marauders in the first leg of the “Gulf Coast Cup” Series at Cape Coral High School starting at 7pm.   You can check out more about this series and the other games for the Inaugural NPSL Season on the Hurricanes website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com and just go to the Schedule page to see the links. 

The Cape Coral Hurricanes 2013 Season Schedule is as follows:

   HOME games in RED       AWAY games in BLUE

 

Pre-Season Schedule

Friday, April 5th

Saturday, April 13th

Friday, April 19th

Sunday, April 21st

Friday, April 26th

 

Regular Season Schedule

Saturday, May 4th  

Saturday, May 11th 

Saturday, May 18th 

Saturday, May 25th 

Friday, May 31st

Sunday, June 9th

Saturday, June 15th        

Saturday, June 22nd   

Saturday, June 29th

Saturday, July 6th  

 

**The following games will be

 

Saturday, July 13th    

Saturday, July 20th 

Saturday, July 27th

Saturday, August 3rd      

 

CCH vs. Tampa Marauders (1st Leg of Gulf Coast Cup)

CCH at Miami United (1st Leg of Everglades Cup)

CCH “Blue & White” Intrasquad Game 

CCH at Tampa Marauders (2nd Leg of Gulf Coast Cup)

CCH vs. Miami United (2nd Leg of Everglades Cup)

 

 

CCH vs. Miami United * NPSL

CCH vs. Local All Star Team * Exhibition Game

CCH vs. Jacksonville United * NPSL

CCH at Tampa Marauders (3rd Leg of Gulf Coast Cup)

CCH vs. Tampa Marauders * NPSL

CCH at Georgia Revolution * NPSL

CCH at Jacksonville United * NPSL

CCH at Tampa Marauders * NPSL

CCH at Georgia Revolution * NPSL

CCH at Miami United * NPSL

 

played should the specified teams not make the NPSL playoffs.

 

CCH vs. Tampa Marauders (4th Leg of Gulf Coast Cup)

CCH at Miami United  (3rd Leg of Everglades Cup)

CCH vs. Miami United  (4th Leg of Everglades Cup)

CCH vs. Local All Star Team * Exhibition Game

 

For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team, team tryouts, players, tickets, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurricane’s U23 RESERVE team, or any other questions, please see our website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com or contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com For more information about the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), you can see their website at:  www.npslsoccer.net

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Announce Second Open NPSL Tryouts!

Hurricanes Set 2nd Open Tryouts for Inaugural NPSL - 4th Division of U.S. Soccer Season

February 6, 2013 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

After an extremely successful first open tryouts where over 50 players signed up, the Cape Coral Hurricanes will hold their second tryout session of the season this weekend Saturday, February 9th and Sunday, February 10th at Ave Maria University.

This is the next step towards building a team for the upcoming inaugural season in the fourth tier of U.S. Soccer. The premier men’s squad will face high quality competition as it strives toward the league playoffs and to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Hurricanes are looking for players that hold amateur status; currently play in college or on club teams; play in local leagues; and former college or professional players still looking to compete at a high level. Since the NPSL season primarily takes place during the summer months, local players and college players alike will have the opportunity to get significant exposure while competing at a professional level.

The Hurricanes will play in the NPSL’s South Region in the newly formed Sunshine Conference that features teams from major markets such as: Atlanta, Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa. There will be ten official league games culminating with regional and national playoffs that will result in a national champion. The Hurricanes will have a competitive schedule featuring at least 8-10 home games including special pre-season and promotional games.

Hurricane General Manager, J.P. Terrasi is very pleased with the tryout turnout. “We already have over 70 players signed up between the two tryouts”, he stated, “that’s more than most teams get at this level but our tryouts are a bit different than most others.  We not only put our players through a pretty strenuous trial, but we make it a bit more special as we give them an actual jersey, shorts and a commemorative t-shirt as well where most tryouts are only held for a few hours and they just slap a number on your back.”

Although most are local players from Southwest Florida, the Hurricanes are getting talent from all over the world.  “We’re excited about having such a diverse group of guys trying out for the team,” states head coach Joe Zakowicz. “We have a player that played in Mexico, another few that were from South Africa and played in Thailand, then a few others from England, Germany and Canada just to name a few.  But we also have players coming in from local South Florida colleges like Ave Maria, FGCU, Webber, Warner, Eckerd, NOVA Southeastern and St. Thomas in Miami.” 

As one of the newest clubs in the NPSL, the Hurricanes have a lot planned with their upcoming inaugural season.  “We have a very full schedule and we are planning on being very involved in the community”, exclaims Terrasi, “I know that some of our plans may sound rather ambitious, but we are an ambitious organization and really want to make a positive impact on the community.”

Terrasi isn’t intimidated at all by the large market teams that are in the Conference.  “We are   extremely excited about having major market teams come into town.  We plan on being extremely competitive.  The players we are looking at are very talented.  We’re very proud to be the area’s only NPSL team and the league is a perfect fit for our club and our vision.  We can’t wait to release the schedule and to announce the very cool pre-season and promotional line up that we have planned.”

Terrasi Media is co-sponsoring this year’s tryouts which resulted in a significant reduction in the tryout fee from last year. Early registration for this second tryout has been discounted from $195 to only $125 and $95 respectively and includes two days of trials and competition along with a team jersey, shorts, commemorative t-shirt, drinks and snacks.

For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team, team tryouts, players, tickets, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurricane’s U23 RESERVE team, or any other questions, please see our website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com or contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com For more information about the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), you can see their website at:  www.npslsoccer.net

 

Second 2013 TRY-OUTS:

WHAT:

 

WHEN:

 

 

WHERE:

 

REGISTRATION:

  Cape Coral Hurricanes NPSL Tryouts (Adult Men’s team)

 

  Saturday & Sunday – February 9th – 10th, 2013

  From 1:30pm-5pm both days

 

  Ave Maria University (5050 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria, FL 34142)

 

  $95 if registered BEFORE February 6th at 5pm

  $120 AFTER February 6th at 5pm and up to the start of tryouts

  Register on our website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com

 

For more information about tryouts, schedule, tickets, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team or the Hurricane’s U23 RESERVE team, please visit our website.  With any other questions, please contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

To be taken to the Tryouts page of the website - CLICK HERE.

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Announce NPSL Tryouts!

Hurricanes Set First Open Tryouts for Inaugural NPSL - 4th Division of U.S. Soccer Season

January 8, 2013 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

One of the newest clubs in the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), the Cape Coral Hurricanes will hold their first tryout session of the season on the weekend of Friday, January 25th – Sunday, January 27th for all eligible players of any age. This is the first step towards building a team for the upcoming inaugural season in the fourth tier of U.S. Soccer. The premier men’s squad will face high quality competition as it strives toward the league playoffs and to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Hurricanes are looking for players that hold amateur status; currently play in college or on club teams; play in local leagues; and former college or professional players still looking to compete at a high level.  Since the NPSL season primarily takes place during the summer months, local players and college players alike will have the opportunity to get significant exposure while competing at a professional level.

The Hurricanes will play in the NPSL’s South Region in the newly formed Sunshine Conference that features teams from major markets such as: Atlanta, Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa.  There will be ten official league games culminating with regional and national playoffs that will result in a national champion.  The Hurricanes will have a competitive schedule featuring at least 8-10 home games including special pre-season and promotional games.

Hurricane General Manager, J.P. Terrasi is excited about the new season, “as most know, we’ve been working toward this goal for over two years.  We had a very successful exhibition season last year and are so proud that we are going to be playing in this growing and nationally renowned league.  The NPSL is a perfect fit for our club and we are extremely excited about having major market teams come into town from Atlanta, Miami and Tampa. 

We’ve shown that with hard work, perseverance and faith you can accomplish great things.  Hiring a high quality and experienced coach like Joe Zakowicz is a huge step for our club.  It shows that we have the ambition and determination to be the premier club in Southwest Florida for years to come.  We’re proud to be the area’s only NPSL team and we’re very confident that Joe and his staff will develop a highly competitive club that will play an exciting brand of soccer.  We’re planning on being highly involved in the community as we’ll be partnering with many businesses, organizations, youth clubs and schools so that we can offer an excellent entertainment value for the whole family. Our organization has a tremendous vision and we’re intent on building something special here!”

Terrasi Media is co-sponsoring this year’s tryouts which resulted in a significant reduction in the tryout fee from last year.  Early registration has been discounted from $195 to only $125 but includes at least two days of trials and competition along with a team jersey, shorts, commemorative t-shirt, lunch, drinks and snacks.   

 

FIRST 2013 TRY-OUTS:

WHAT:

 

WHEN:

 

 

WHERE:

 

REGISTRATION:

  Cape Coral Hurricanes NPSL Tryouts (Adult Men’s team)

 

  Friday, Saturday & Sunday – January 25th – 27th, 2013

  Friday from 6pm-9pm; Saturday from 9am–6pm; Sunday from 9am–2pm

 

  Jim Jeffers Park (2817 SW 3rd Lane, Cape Coral, FL 33991)

 

  $125 if registered BEFORE January 18th at 5pm

  $150 AFTER January 18th at 5pm through January 23rd

  $175 AFTER January 23rd and up to the start of tryouts

  Register on our website at:  www.CapeHurricanes.com

 

For more information about tryouts, schedule, tickets, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team or the Hurricane’s RESERVE team, please visit our website.  With any other questions, please contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com

 

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

To be taken to the Tryouts page of the website - CLICK HERE.

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Announce NEW Head Coach

Hurricanes Christmas Gift Is The Best They Could Have Asked For.

December 29, 2012 - Cape Coral, FL

By J.P. Terrasi  - jp@capehurricanes.com

The Cape Coral Hurricanes have been extremely busy this off season with adding new owners, new business partners and new staff but the most impressive accomplishment to date happened on Christmas Eve as they received word that the head coach that they were hoping and wishing for had accepted the position.  Joe Zakowicz, who is also the men’s head coach for Southwest Florida’s own Ave Maria University, accepted the position only a few days after being offered it.

“It just seemed like a perfect match,” exclaimed Zakowicz, “after I talked with J.P. and Eric and had a few days to do some soul searching with my wife, it became clear that this was a great opportunity.  It impressed me that the team was Christian based and how the organization battled through adversity and came out of it with such a successful exhibition season.  They have a solid reputation and I hope that I can help build a team that everyone can be very proud of.  It really seems as though everything is falling into place. We have a lot of talent here in Southwest Florida and we’re going to compete at a very high level.  This is what I love to do and I’m committed to impacting our players... physically, mentally and spiritually.  I’m extremely excited about the upcoming season and plan to remain with the organization for years to come.  We’re intent on building something special here.

Joe Zakowicz has proven success on both the men's and women's NAIA circuit. He just concluded his second season with Ave Maria University where he knocked off two-time defending conference champions, St. Thomas University, in a late season clash and placed two players on the All-Conference team. He accomplished that while also garnishing the respect of his peers with his selection as the conference Coach Of The Year!

Prior to Ave Maria, he was the architect of the Mid-Continent University Men’s Soccer program which he built into a national contender.  He led the team to a 142-64-18 record from 2000-2009. He has an overall record of 157-84-19 coaching collegiate men’s soccer (12 seasons).  He has posted an overall coaching record of 202-123-21 over 17 total seasons coaching both men’s and women’s soccer.

His teams won 6 regular season conference championships, 4 conference tournament championships, 3 region championships, and one national championship (NCCAA).  Zakowicz garnered 4 Conference Coach Of The Year awards, 2 NAIA Region Coach Of The Year awards, 6 NCCAA Region Coach Of The Year awards, and 1 NCCAA National Coach of The Year award while serving at Mid-Continent.  His players garnered numerous honors for All-Scholar, All-Conference, All Region, and All-American teams.  His 2001 Team also garnered the 2001 NAIA Team Academic Award.

 “I couldn’t be happier”, stated J.P. Terrasi, the Hurricanes General Manager, “This was honestly one of the best Christmas gifts I could have asked for.  Joe is an exceptional coach with a vast amount of coaching, administration and leadership experience.  He knows how to build a team and develop players but more importantly he has strong Christian values and an unwavering faith that will help build strong character in our players as well.”

Furthermore, Zakowicz also had numerous administrative duties over the course of his career including being MCU’s Associate Vice-President for Advancement which included duties in fundraising and grant proposal writing.  Prior to Mid-Continent, Coach Zakowicz was also the architect of the highly successful Bethel University (McKenzie, TN) men’s and women’s soccer programs which won the NAIA National Championship in 2008.

Prior to MCU, he helped rebuild the Oklahoma Wesleyan University women’s team that enjoyed their first winning seasons in their history and set more than 20 new school records while he was head coach.  He began his collegiate coaching career at NCAA III Wesley College in Dover, Delaware where he spent three years.   There are currently at least twelve former players and/or assistant coaches serving in the collegiate ranks that started under his tutelage.

Zakowicz also currently serves on the tournament board for the NAIA that just concluded its Men’s Soccer Championship last month.  He has served as a KIAC Conference Chair, TSAC Conference Chair, NCCAA Region Chair, NCCAA National Vice Chair, NAIA Region rater, and as NAIA National rater. Prior to coaching, he also enjoyed success as a player at Bartlesville Wesleyan College, now called Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Outside of the soccer arena, Zakowicz has worked for the Pennzoil Company for more than eight years, and has also owned and operated his own businesses in the private sector.  He also started a soccer club in the Western Kentucky area.  He is a native of Rochester, NY, and is married to Darla Zakowicz.  They have one daughter, Alisha, and they currently reside in the Ave Maria community.

As one of the newest and most ambitious clubs in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the Cape Coral Hurricanes will be making other big announcements over the next few weeks.  The NPSL season will take place during the summer months of May through July, with regional playoffs that will result in a national champion.  The Hurricanes will play in the South Region and in the newly formed Sunshine Conference that will feature five other teams:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia Revolution, Miami United, Jacksonville United and Tampa Marauders.

For more information about the NPSL, you can see their website at:  www.npslsoccer.net.  For more information about the Cape Coral Hurricane’s NPSL team, team tryouts, players, tickets, merchandise, schedule, team history, sponsorships, advertising, the Hurricane’s RESERVE team, or any other questions, please contact our General Manager – J.P. Terrasi at (239) 677-8752 or email to jp@capehurricanes.com

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ABOUT CAPE CORAL HURRICANES:  The Cape Coral Hurricanes were established in January, 2012. They played a full schedule of exhibition games during the 2012 season while playing top local teams and four other 4th Division teams.  They were accepted into the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) on October 18th, 2012.  The Hurricanes will be playing in the newly formed Sunshine Conference against the other five teams: Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia Revolution, Jacksonville United, Tampa Marauders, and Miami United.

You can learn more about the players, schedule, tickets, advertising, staff, history, team merchandise and much more on their website:  www.CapeHurricanes.com .  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

  

ABOUT THE NPSL:  The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002.  By 2005 it became necessary for the league to expand to a national format in order to accommodate teams from the Midwest Region.  The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeastern Region.  In 2011, with the addition of a South Region and with the significant growth the region has seen in 2012 and the upcoming 2013, the National Premier Soccer League, and it’s over 60 teams, has truly become a nationwide premier league.

The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team-run league. The structure of the league allows each team to have one vote on the executive committee.  Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards.  New teams seeking membership into the NPSL are subject to approval from an executive committee comprised of existing team owners.  You can learn more at their website:  www.npslsoccer.net .

To see the article on the NPSL website click on the link below. http://nationalpremiersoccerleague.com/home/685343.html#.UN_96jBrs24.email

To download and read the full press release - CLICK HERE.

To be taken to the Coach's page of the website - CLICK HERE.

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Able to Join Expanding NPSL

Hurricanes Join the Sunshine Conference of the South Region of the NPSL for 2013 season

November 6, 2012 - Cape Coral, FL

By Tariq Lee - www.news-press.com

The Cape Coral Hurricanes year-long effort of exhibition games and promotions has paid off with its entry into the National Premier Soccer League.

Cape Coral is a part of an 11 team expansion surge into the NPSL with teams joining the soccer league from as far away as Las Vegas.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Hurricanes general manager J.P. Terrasi said. “We’ve been working on this for 2 1/2 years now, we quickly knew right away after doing some research that a market was here for a team like this.”

Terrasi’s squad will be joining the Sunshine Conference with fellow expansion teams Miami United SC and Tampa Marauders FC. Jacksonville United will be the fourth team in the conference just one year removed from a 2011 NPSL championship.

Jacksonville competed in the East division of the Southeast Conference last season traveling to Georgia and South Carolina for matches and when Terrasi was approached about joining the league Cape Coral was going to have to follow suit.

“At first we were going to have to travel to Atlanta and Myrtle Beach, S.C.,” Terrasi said. “I had to spend a lot of time to create this conference, driving to Miami and Tampa to make this happen. Tampa was luckily far enough down the road and everything fell into place. NPSL is a perfect fit for us.”

The NPSL season runs from April-July and Cape Coral will be composed of local players while the team’s coach is yet to be decided. Cape will also have a reserve league in the Gulf Coast Soccer League with opportunities for players to move up to the NPSL team.

Cape Coral is shooting for March exhibition matches and plans to face the Miami and Tampa clubs. They will continue to hold matches at Cape Coral High.

“It might not be a brand name in Southwest Florida that is going to do everything I can to help NPSL expand its brand and reach down here so everyone can know what kind of high quality it is,” Terrasi said.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF of the article.

 

NPSL - National Premier Soccer League

The National Premier Soccer League just finished its 8th year in 2012 and is currently made up of over 50 clubs who have made a commitment to providing high quality soccer in their local community.  

As our league continues to grow every year, we are consistently looking to expand  throughout the United States, allowing us to construct new conferences and create a regional focus for all of the teams involved.  

Although the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), and qualifies for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup through USASA channels, the league is considered to be the fourth tier of competition in the American Soccer Pyramid, behind Major League Soccer (MLS), the North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer Leagues Pro (USL Pro).

What Makes the NPSL Unique?

  • Professionally operated teams

  • Teams comprised of players holding amateur playing status (high school, collegiate and former professional athletes)

  • Players maintain college eligibility and play at an elite level with a mix of young and veteran players

  • Showcase for players who aspire to move to the professional level

  • Owners of the teams comprise the ownership and operation of the league

  • Low entry cost and low annual dues for league membership

  • Extremely competitive league structure

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