DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Steve Welham of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer team is pleased to announce the hiring of assistant coaches Amanda Webb and Nic DeZenzo.
"Amanda is a strong and passionate coach who has been successful at every stop in her career" said Welham. "I am very excited to have a top quality coach and an even better person on board here at our UNH women's program".
Prior to joining the Wildcats, Webb worked three seasons (2011-13) on the staff at Bucknell University. There, she mentored the Bison goalkeepers and, in 2013, helped the program reach the Patriot League tournament for the first time since 2010.
Webb had two additional stints before her time at Lewisburg, Pa. In 2010, Amanda worked at Brandeis University (Waltham, Mass.) where she was the assistant coach on one of the most successful teams in program history. Webb began her collegiate coaching career as the goalkeeping coach at Northeastern University (2009). Webb is a 2008 graduate of Dartmouth College, where she was a three-year starting goalkeeper for the Big Green.
"She brings top level college playing experience to UNH from her time at Dartmouth where she was a highly decorated goalkeeper," Welham stated.
"Nic brings a high level playing pedigree and a very good understanding of the game," said Welham. "He is a hungry young coach that will positively impact our program. I am very happy to have him on board."
Before coming to UNH, DeZenzo's coached at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H. from 2010 to 2014. At Tilton, Nic held a variety roles including associate head coach for the boys varsity programs (four years), special assistant to the athletic director (two years), weight training coordinator (two years) and academic support within the learning center (two years).
DeZenzo's coaching experience began in the spring of 2008, as he was the assistant coach for the Under 17 Boys Premier Division Team at Seacoast United Soccer Club in Hampton, N.H. He also served as the head coach of the Under 16 and 17 Development Team (four years) at the Seacoast United Express in Concord, N.H.
"He has been involved in recruiting at the academy level and has been a successful club coach on both the boys and girls side of the game," said Welham.
He is a 2008 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, where he played collegiate soccer. DeZenzo was named the 2007-08 Colby-Sawyer Male Athlete of the Year, was named a D3Kicks.com All-New England Second Team selection, NSCAA All-New England Second Team selection, and First Team All-North Atlantic Conference all in 2007.
He played professional soccer in the United States and Australia. DeZenzo played in 2008 when the Kangaroo Point Rovers (Brisbane, Australia) signed him. In 2009 he played for the Mass Twisters (MISL) in Springfield, Mass. From there, he went back to Brisbane and was signed by Bayside United Football Club in 2010. As a member of the Bayside United Football Club, he was named vice-captain.
The Wildcats open the season with a neutral site contest against Youngstown State at the University of Vermont. Game time is set for Friday, Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
For more information on UNH women's soccer, visit www.UNHWildcats.com.