18 Jan Head Coach Ziggy Korytoski Re-signing for a Fourth Season
The 2018 NPSL Southwest Conference Champion’s ASC San Diego are happy to announce the return of Head Coach Ziggy Korytoski. The announcement follows ASC’s commitment to enter the newly founded NPSL Professional League as one of the founding 11 teams. The upcoming campaign will be Korytoski’s fourth in command as his previous three include an undefeated regular season, a trip to the US Open Cup and exhibition wins vs LA Galaxy II and Phoenix Rising. Named as the first head coach of ASC San Diego on November 23, 2015, Korytoski has guided the club to a 27 win, 7 draw and 6 loss regular season record as well as the 2016 and 2018 NPSL Southwestern Conference Championships.
“I’m am grateful for the opportunity presented by Noah and Scott to lead this team into year four”, Korytoski said of his appointment. “I truly believe in all aspects of the club and look forward to continuing a culture of excellence on and off the field that all of San Diego will be proud of. We will continue work for and represent the people of America’s Finest City with our mission as always to Inspire Greatness.”
Since 2010, Korytoski coached teams have won five titles including the promotion of Antigua GFC into the First Division during his managerial career in Guatemala. “My philosophy has always been to win with a good mix of young and experienced players. I have never been afraid to play a youth player that I felt was ready, as I believe that homegrown players save cost for the future and allow for more consistency in the development of a club philosophy as players understand what is being demanded of them at any moment in the game – as well as off the field and in the community.”
Korytoski led teams have been consistently entertaining to watch with a high level of intellect, technical ability and dynamic movement on the attacking side of the game, while remaining disciplined and committed to their defensive obligations. “We believe in accountability, preparation, execution, production and consistency… we believe in hard-working and honest players that will inspire the youth of today in becoming the future of tomorrow.”
ASC San Diego will host Open Trials on January 6, 2019 on the campus of UC San Diego. For more information or to purchase your 2019 Season Ticket Package, please visit us online at www.asc-sandiego.com.
Korytoski received his B.S. Degree in Political Science from Saint Leo University in Florida before pursuing professional football full-time and obtaining his UEFA A License from the Irish FA in 2013. A bilingual educator, he has coaching stops abroad in Guatemala at Antigua GFC, Deportivo Coatepeque, as well as a stint at the helm of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Men’s and Women’s National Team.
Korytoski left the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo in 2010 to become the head coach of Antigua GFC who played in the Guatemala 2nd Division. Upon his arrival, Antigua GFC earned promotion in his first season at the helm and began an incredible run under his watch of 27 home matches during league play without defeat over the next 2 ½ years. The club continued success the following year with a semi-final appearance in the 2011 Apertura Tournament. They are currently entered to compete in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League for the first time and are rostered with six players that Korytoski either identified or helped develop as the foundation of the club.
From 2013-14, Korytoski served as the head coach of Deportivo Coatepeque in Guatemala’s top league. He is the only American head coach in the team’s history and was given the responsibility of turning around the club after a disastrous start to their inaugural campaign in the Liga Nacional. After 1 win in 13 matches prior to his arrival, Korytoski guided the club to 5 wins and 2 draws during the next 13 competitions helping to stabilize the club and avoid relegation.
Korytoski has had a number of players under his tutelage go on to represent their country at the international level including Rodrigo Saravia, Pablo Melgar, Luis Rodriguez, Cali Villa, Jose Carlos Castillo, Fredy Thompson, Carlos Gallardo and Victor Ayala. Players from ASC have also moved on to international and domestic careers such as Eric Avila, Thomas Olsen, Alex Guillen-Torres, Tre Hayes and Travis Nicklaw.
Korytoski’s teams are known to excel in all phases of the game. By consciously demonstrating an attacking brand of football, his teams are disciplined in possession, and play a short quick passing game in which players are constantly in motion and aware of all space at any moment within the game – searching for the “Arsenal Goal” as often as can be created.
Defensively, his teams are known to be extremely organized with desire to bait teams into certain areas of the field where they enter with swarms of collective pressure. The desire is to return possession of the ball in favor as soon as possible, though they have the ability to adapt if a change of momentum has taken place or if the game demands of us something else.
A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Korytoski possesses UEFA and USSF ‘A’ Licenses, a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a KNVB Coaching Certificate. He has also served as a scout for US Soccer and the Seattle Sounders. He and his wife Mayumi reside in Chula Vista, CA with their two children, Kaisei and Mariana.
- UEFA “A” License
- USSF “A” License
- NSCAA Premier Diploma
- B.S. in Political Science, Saint Leo University (Florida)
INTERNATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COACHING CAREER:
- 2007 Men’s and Women’s National Team (CNMI)
- 2009-2011 Antigua GFC (Guatemala)
- 2013 Antigua GFC (Guatemala)
- 2013-2014 El Deportivo Coatepeque (Guatemala)
- 2016-Present ASC San Diego
- 2010-2011 Apertura Champions, Clausura Champions, Antigua GFC Promotion
- 2009-2013 27 consecutive home games without defeat
- 2016 NPSL Southwestern Conference Champions without defeat
- 2018 NPSL Southwestern Conference Champions