Zuzeca Affiliated Soccer Clubs and the Central Texas Lobos announced the hiring of Jose G. Ramos as the initial head coach for the franchise in a press release Tuesday.
Ramos, who officially took over the head coaching duties July 1, has most recently been the head coach of the Texas State University men’s soccer team, as well as a head coach in the Westlake FC Academy program.
“Coach Ramos brings a wealth of experience to our club, and we felt he was the perfect fit to lead this team as the initial director,” Zuzeca’s David Walding said. “We have tremendous confidence in his coaching abilities.”
In addition to his experience with Westlake and Texas State, Ramos also has experience in Central Texas with Liverpool FC, ATX youth academy, Hays Fusion, and was a trainer at Akins High School.
Prior to that, Ramos gained coaching experience in Cd. Juarez, Mexico with River Plate FC Indoor soccer club and with Mexican youth clubs Falcons and Dragones FC.
A military veteran, he played with the U.S. Navy Men’s Soccer Team based in San Diego, California, and with the minor league Gallos de Pelea in Cd. Juarez.
The Lobos also announced open tryouts, which will be held on July 23 at Gregg-Clarke Park.
The club will evaluate local players to fill its 23-man Texas Professional Soccer League (TPSL) roster, as well as reserve players for a team which will play in the Austin Men’s Soccer Association.
They will also evaluate players for its initial youth squad, which will be an under-17 boys team. Tryouts will be held concurrently for all three teams and interested players may register online.
In connection with the tryouts, the Lobos will have Jose A. Romero as a coaching advisor for the team and assisting tryouts.
Romero is the former head coach of the Honduran U-15 youth national team, and current assistant for the U-17 and U-20 national teams for Honduras, and well as a youth talent scout for the Honduran Soccer Federation (FENAFUTH).
Romero will return to Honduras after the tryouts to resume his duties with the youth national teams, but will remain available to the Lobos when not otherwise occupied with Honduras’s participation in the U-17 and U-20 World Cup qualifying tournaments.