Auburn University at Montgomery

Auburn Montgomery Athletics
P.O. Box 244023 or 7031 Senator Dr Montgomery, AL 36124
Division 2 Alabama Southeast
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Tafadzwa Ziyenge

Tafadzwa Ziyenge was hired as the head coach for the women's soccer program at AUM in March of 2015.

In his first three seasons with the Warhawks Ziyenge has amassed a 22-28-2 record in helping AUM transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II accreditation.

In 2017 Ziyenge earned a 7-11 mark overall and a 5-9 mark in Gulf South Conference play. AUM was picked to finish 12th in the league in its first season in the GSC in the preseason coaches’ poll but earned a 10th place finish with victories over West Alabama (picked fifth) and Ziyenge’s alma mater, Alabama Huntsville. Sophomore forward Ruby Mendez finished third in the GSC in points with 29 and tied for third in goals with 12.

The women’s 3-1 victory over UWA on Sept. 29, 2017, was the first GSC win in school history.

Ziyenge posted his first winning season at AUM in 2016, going 8-7-1 in the Warhawks’ first season of NCAA II play. AUM’s first NCAA II victory came against future GSC foe Valdosta State on Sept. 4 of that season, a 1-0 victory by the Warhawks. AUM outscored opponents 24-16 while outshooting foes 214-183.

In his first season Ziyenge guided AUM to a 7-10-1 record in the school’s final year at the NAIA level. He picked up his first victory at AUM in only his second game, earning a 10-0 victory over Millsaps College on Sept. 1, 2015. Freshman defender Bronte Cintrone was named to the Southern State Athletic Conference All-Conference team, while Michaela Dahlin and Courtney Omodei made the SSAC All-Academic Team.

Prior to AUM, Ziyenge was head coach at Arkansas State where he accounted for a 39-50-8 record, including the first two winning seasons in the history of the women's program. His 39 coaching victories are the most in school history.

In 2014, he led the Red Wolves to a 4-14 record as well as earning the Sun Belt Conference’s Team grade point average (GPA) award. In 2013, Ziyenge posted his second double-digit win season with a 10-7-3 record and an even 4-4 showing in Sun Belt play. ASU also set school records for season points (114) and assists (36). The team also defeated Louisiana-Lafeyette in the Sun Belt Tournament marking its first postseason win in school history.

In 2012, Ziyenge set a school-record 11 wins, the first winning season in the program's history. The Red Wolves finished 5-4-1 in SBC play and made two consecutive appearances in the postseason tournament. As a team, ASU established a new school record with 41 goals scored and 2.05 goals per match.

Ziyenge led Arkansas State to consecutive seven-win seasons in his first two years. In 2011, he led the Red Wolves to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

During his tenure at Arkansas State, Ziyenge coached the all-conference performers, including first-teamers Loren Mitchell and Lindsay Johansen in 2012. The honors marked the first time in Red Wolves' history that two players earned all-conference accolades in the same season.

Ziyenge pushed his team in the classroom as they earned the Sun Belt Conference's Team GPA award again in 2012. A-State finished with a 3.599 team grade point average, the highest of any team in the conference. The team was also honored by the National Coaches Association of America for having the seventh-highest team GPA among all Division I women's soccer teams.

Before joining the Red Wolves, Ziyenge was the head women's coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama-Huntsville, from 1998 to 2009. During his tenure, he led the Chargers to 96-90-6 career record, reaching the conference tournament five times. Ziyenge also spent one season as the head coach for the men's program, where he helped the team to Gulf South Conference Tournament championship match. For his efforts with the men’s squad Ziyenge was named the GSC Coach of the Year in 2009.

As a player, Ziyenge played professionally in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League, where he played for two years with the Huntsville Fire. He finished the 1998 season as the club's second leading scorer. He also played in the USL A-League, where he spent two seasons for the Tennessee Rhythm.

Ziyenge was a four-year letter winner with the University of Alabama at Huntsville from 1993-96. He currently holds, or is tied for, the single-game record for shots on goal (10), the season record for game winning goals (8) and shots (72). During his senior campaign Ziyenge set the GSC record for goals in a season with 25 over 18 matches, a record that still stands today.

For his career with the Chargers Ziyenge is ranked third overall in goals scored, fifth in points and eighth in career assists. He is only one of six players to score 100 career points at UAH. During his senior year, he was named to the All-Region First Team, GSC regular season MVP and conference finals MVP.

A native of Marondera, Zimbabwe, Ziyenge holds his undergraduate degree in business administration from UAH. Ziyenge is married to the former Carly Thomas, a previous women's soccer player at Auburn University.

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