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PCC Releases Long-Time Soccer Coach Zein

Citing a need to give its men's and women's soccer programs a new direction, Pasadena City College has let go walk-on, head coach Cherif Zein. Zein directed the women's team the past 13 seasons and the men's squad for 12 seasons. 

"We appreciate everything Coach Zein did to help establish our soccer programs at PCC, but we feel it's time for a change," PCC Athletic Director/Dean of Kiniesiology, Health & Athletics Beverly Tate said. "This was a difficult decision to make, but a necessary one for us to go forward. Our plan is to have separate coaches for men and women in the 2010 season."

For the men's team, Zein directed four South Coast Conference titles, including three straight East Division crowns from 1999-2001. However, his best team was the 2002 squad that won 17 matches and advanced as far as the state semifinals, finishing third in California. Last year, the program suffered through a winless season, ending with a record of 0-20-1. Overall, Zein's won-loss record for the program was 136-82 with 35 ties.

For the women's team, Zein compiled a 140-89 record with 28 ties. In 2009, the team finished 10-8-1 and in fourth place in the SCC. PCC didn't place higher than fourth since the 2005 year when it took third in conference. The Lancers made the playoffs five times under Zein with their best finish making the Southern California quarterfinals in 2001. 

Release Date: 01/08/10
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