Written by The Westbury Times Staff Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
The Queensborough Community College Tigers are a happy team right now, having just won the CUNY/Applebees Men’s Community College Soccer Championship for the second time in the past three years. The man behind the victory?
Coach and Carle Place resident, Zef Kabashi.
“As community colleges are two-year programs, we won our second championship in three years with an entirely different team from our last title,” Kabashi said. “Based on the class and work schedules of the players, the coaching staff and
I came up with training plan that allowed the players to work and attend class. We were able to achieve harmony and peace of mind for each player.”
He continued, “Team-building was also part of the new training plan. We needed the players to become a team in a short period of time. We introduced more team-building activities that had nothing to do with soccer just to get the boys to become a unit, off the field, thereby creating the unit we’ve become, on the field.”
Kabashi also serves an an Olympic Development Program coach for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). In club soccer, he also coached the then Boys-Under-13 Auburndale/Bayside Slayers of the Long Island Junior
Soccer League (LIJSL) to a State Cup championship in LaGrangeville this past June.
He also became the first coach to receive the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) Sportsmanship Award with two college programs. He won coaching the Hostos Community College men in 2007 and with
Queensborough in 2011.
Kabashi isn’t just a coach, but a player. He is a longtime midfielder in the Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL), but is currently taking a break to spend more time with his wife and one-year-old son.
“I’m allowing myself time to regain fitness to make my return to the LISFL in the spring of 2014. I’m not sure yet who I will be playing for but I’m looking forward to playing again,” said Kabashi.