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Hartford Athletic Announce Octavio Zambrano as Executive Director of Player Development

May 16, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Hartford Athletic News Release

Hartford Athletic announced today the hiring of Octavio Zambrano as their Executive Director of Player Development. Following over 20 years of coaching at the professional and international levels, Zambrano will be responsible for developing on-field programming for Hartford Athletic's Academy teams and curriculums related to both boys and girls player development. Zambrano will also oversee all programs including Academy tryouts, clinics, college showcases, training sessions and provide connectivity and a pathway to Hartford Athletic's professional team working closely with Head Coach and GM, Brendan Burke.

"I am honored to join Hartford Athletic and contribute to the development of young players within the organization," said Octavio Zambrano. "Connecticut is a state that is rich with talented young soccer players and I am excited to work alongside the coaching staff, players, and management team to build a robust player development program that will produce top level talent and future first team players."

"Octavio is one of the best soccer minds in the history of American soccer, and I couldn't think of a better person to be leading our player development initiatives," said Hartford Athletic CEO Nick Sakiewicz. "His proven track record in identifying and nurturing young talent aligns seamlessly with the club's commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and advancement in the sport."

Zambrano's extensive coaching career saw him make a profound impact on American soccer. He emerged as an MLS head coach in 1997, and guided two of the league's most storied franchises, the LA Galaxy and New York Metro Stars/Red Bulls, to playoff appearances over the next five years. His 80-55-8 record ranks him 12th all-time in total wins among MLS coaches, giving him a .587 regular season winning percentage. Over the next two decades, Zambrano made coaching stints in Moldova, Hungary, Colombia, El Salvador, and his home country of Ecuador. In 2017, Zambrano was appointed as the Head

Coach of the Canadian National Team. He led Canada to the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada's first appearance in the knock-out stage of the Gold Cup since 2009.

Zambrano holds a UEFA A diploma, a USSF "A" coaching license, and a CONMEBOL Pro license.

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