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Training & Development

Meet the Trainers!

Ziggy Zigante

A native Croatian, Ziggy played professionally for Dinamo Zagreb, Plamen–Grahorova, FC Kapfenburg, FC Corinthinans, Wichita Wings, and the San Diego Sockers. He earned a degree in Sport Specialist - Soccer and Economics, from the University of Zagreb-Croatia, holds a USSF C License, and the National Level 7 Referee grade. Ziggy brings us 40 years of soccer coaching experience, including positions with the San Jose Clash, Cornell University, San Diego Sockers, Carolina RailHawks, as well as the U.S. Mens National Team (USMNT) and U.S. Mens Olympic teams. He served as a national director for Soccer Plus Goalkeeping Camps for over 22 years.

Gretchen Zigante

Gretchen is a former starting goalkeeper at UNC-Chapel Hill and played for the U.S. Womens National Team (USWNT). She is honored in the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was the first American woman to play professional soccer, doing so in the Japan Ladies Soccer League. Turning to coaching full time in 1994, Gretchen earned the USSF A License (highest level attainable) and has coached collegiately at CSU-San Bernardino, San Diego State, and Cornell. She has also worked extensively with premier clubs; state, regional, and national ODP; and professional team, Shiroki FC. Gretchen is also the head coach of Wasatch High School girls soccer.

Will Cummins

Will brings a long list of successful coaching and playing experience including, but not limited to: professional play with Real Salt Lake (MLS), Utah Blitzz (USL, A –League), Riverside County Elite, San Diego Flash, and collegiate play with Santa Barbara City College and Azuza Pacific University. He has been involved as a coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and has trained many players who now compete at the collegiate, national, and professional level. Will holds a USSF National C license, and is a certified personal trainer.

Isaac Smedley

Isaac, a home-grown soccer star, served as captain of Wasatch High School's state championship-winning team and was award Utah All-State honors for several years. He went on to play in college with Southern Virginia University. Since then he has coached with Wasatch High School Girls and HVSC, specializing in the female programs.

Ariel Partridge

Ariel is a former player with Colorado Rush/Chatfield High School/University of Northern Colorado/ODP Region IV/Colorado All-State/etc. She played on scholarship in college, semi-pro indoor and outdoor teams, and amateur leagues before an aging body and family commitments took over. Ariel has coached since she was 16 years old for a variety of ages, abilities, and environments – including, but not limited to, Colorado Rush Soccer Club, Chantilly Youth Soccer Association, Smyrna Soccer Club, Global Premier Soccer Georgia, SAE School, and Heber Valley Soccer Club. She currently holds a USSF National D license, is HVSC’s Director of Academy, and coaches with the Wasatch High School girls program.