New soccer coach hired
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs wanted a soccer coach who could take the Mountain Lions to a championship, so they hired somebody whoâ€TMs been to three in a row.
Flavio Mazzetti, a 31-year resident of Colorado Springs, was named the new soccer coach of his alma mater on Monday when CU-Colorado Springs named him to the position. He replaces Eddy Dietz, who had coached the team the previous 11 seasons.
Mazzetti guided Air Academy High School to the Colorado Class 5A championship game in 2002, where the Kadets lost to Columbine High School. Prior to that, Mazzetti spent four years as an assistant to Mike Goyden at Liberty High School, helping the Lancers qualify for the Class 4A state championship game in 2000 and win the state title in 2001.
Five players on the CU-Colorado Springs roster played on that 2001 Liberty championship team.
â€œThere was a lot of youth on the team last year,â€ said Mazzetti of the 2002 CU-Colorado Springs squad, which featured 15 freshmen. â€œThere are some very good players already in place that will contribute a lot in the coming years.â€
While Mazzetti inherits a roster with a solid core, he will be very busy identifying and recruiting players to take CU-Colorado Springs back to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoffs. The Mountain Lions failed to qualify for postseason play for the first time in five seasons in 2002.
â€œThereâ€TMs a good pool of local talent,â€ said Mazzetti of his recruiting focus for the coming season. â€œThe high schools and the local clubs do a great job developing players. Weâ€TMll rely heavily on local talent.â€
Though Mazzetti has only one season as a high school head coach under his belt, he has been a youth coach at several levels for six years. He intended to stay at Air Academy High School for the long term, but the opening at CU-Colorado Springs, from which Mazzetti graduated in 1983, was too good an opportunity not to pursue. He contacted CU-Colorado Springs associate athletic director George Egan the same day the opening appeared in the Gazette.
â€œIâ€TMd like to thank Air Academy for the opportunity - they were so good to me there.â€ said Mazzetti. â€œBut how many times do you have the opportunity to go out in your own back yard and coach a high-level Division II team?â€
Mazzetti was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to Colorado Springs when he was 12-years old. A graduate of Air Academy High School, he and his wife, Lynn, own a real estate agency in Colorado Springs. They have three children, Bryant (19), Aaron (15) and Marissa (10).
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