Canada Soccer has signed Octavio Zambrano as the new head coach of the Men’s National Team Program. Zambrano will oversee an integrated program from the Men’s National Team through to all men’s national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up.
Canada Soccer have also hired assistant coach Javier Livia and physical preparation coach Norberto Salamanca who will work alongside Zambrano across the Men’s National Team Programs. Michael Findlay will continue as an assistant coach with the Men’s National Team.
Zambrano has a wealth of experience as a player, technician, and coach. He has earned his UEFA A Diploma coaching award as well a USSF Coaching A Licence. He has more than 25 years of experience coaching in North America, Europe, and South America.
Zambrano joins Canada Soccer after recently serving as head coach of Delfín Sporting Club in Ecuador’s Serie A. He previously served as sporting director, head coach and technical director with CD El Nacional from 2014 to 2016 in the same league.
With the hiring of Zambrano, Canada Soccer will continue to build its base of talent across the country through partnership and collaboration with its member provincial and territorial soccer associations as well as professional clubs and academies. Zambrano’s arrival also integrates the entire program under his leadership, from the Men’s National Team and U-23/Olympic Team through to all national youth team programming from the U-14 to U-20.
This effort builds on Canada Soccer’s hiring of Jason deVos as director of development, who has overall responsibility for grassroots development with a focus on coach education and high performance programs. The alignment of development programming from the grassroots through to the national team continues the investment in the first pillar of the Leading a Soccer Nation plan: invest in technical leadership by supporting our players coaches and officials at all levels of the sport.
Zambrano will travel to Scotland this week ahead of Canada’s Men’s International Friendly on March 22. He will assume coaching duties in Qatar at the U-23 tournament where Canada will face both Uzbekistan (March 25) and host Qatar (March 28).
Zambrano’s first home match will be on June 13 in Montreal when Canada faces Curaçao as part of both nations’ preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to the home international match go on sale March 29, with full details available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.