Team prepares for two tough matches this weekend
Kelderman and Zenoni share their views
Kyle Zenoni enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Panthers.
Zenoni returns to where he started his collegiate coaching career, having served as an assistant coach with the Panthers in 2010 before spending the 2011 campaign at Green Bay as an assistant on Kris Kelderman's staff with the Phoenix. In addition, he was a four-year letterwinner (2002-05) on the field for UWM.
"I am extremely excited to have Kyle on board with me as my right-hand man," Kelderman said. "I was fortunate enough to have him with me in Green Bay and I hit the jackpot when he decided to come and join me again. He is a guy that knows a great deal about the game of soccer, he's a very hard worker and, most importantly, he's a very good person. Those are all things that are important to me and how I want to proceed and move forward with my staff and with this program."
Zenoni also provided an instrumental role for the Panthers in the spring of 2010 - serving as the interim coach and overseeing UWM through a 2-2-2 slate (4-2-0 after PK shootouts) that April.
"To be back at a school that I am so passionate about and to work with a guy like Kris Kelderman, words can't explain it," Zenoni said. "He is someone I look up to and I feel very fortunate to be a part of his staff once again. We did well at Green Bay and it will continue here at Milwaukee."
As a player, Zenoni led the Panthers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament each season he took the field. He was a four-year starter at Milwaukee - his 83 career games played ranks tied for seventh in program history - serving as team captain during his senior campaign.
After being selected by the Chicago Storm in the MISL Draft following his collegiate career, Zenoni traveled overseas to continue his professional career. He spent time with Dundee FC, a team in the Scottish Premier League, to begin his trek, while also playing for Falu FK (a Division 1 club is Sweden), La Paz FC (Premiership in South America) and with the Minnesota Thunder (USL) back in the United States.
In addition, his coaching career has included working for the Youth Development Program in Whitefish Bay, Wis. Other experience has come as an assistant for Milwaukee Area Technical College, with youth programs for the Milwaukee Kickers, working with Special Olympics and with the Sussex (Wis.) club team.