HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison men’s soccer head coach Paul Zazenski has announced changes to the coaching staff ahead of the 2022 season with the promotion of Charlie Hubbard to associate head coach and the addition of Gerard Miniaci as a volunteer assistant coach.
Hubbard enters his third season at JMU after arriving before the spring 2021 season. In his first season in Harrisonburg, the Dukes went 5-1-3 and won their third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title and a league-leading eighth overall. The Dukes finished the season ranked 21stst in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, as Hubbard was named a part of the Atlantic Region Staff of the Year by the organization.
In his second season with JMU, Hubbard helped guide the Dukes to an 11-5-1 record during the fall. The Dukes finished third in the league, and were ranked as high as No. 15 in the coaches poll. A six-match winning streak in the middle of the season was the longest such streak since the 2019 season and helped JMU to a 10-2 start through 12 matches, the best start since 2004.
“Charlie has done a fantastic job since stepping foot on campus over two years ago,” said Zazenski. “During his tenure we have navigated through a pandemic, experienced conference realignment and won a CAA championship in the spring of 2021. Charlie has been professional in his approach both on and off the field and has helped elevate our program. He is deserving of the associate head coach title and there is no doubt he will continue to do a great job as we start our journey into the Sun Belt Conference.”
Miniaci joins the coaching staff after a second stint at VMI, serving as an assistant coach before being named the interim head coach over the last two seasons. Before his return to VMI, he was on the coaching staff at NCAA Division III New England College from 2018-19. He served as an assistant coach and then was the interim head coach before his second season, leading the Pilgrims to a second-place finish in the NECC.
The Sterling, Va. native started his college coaching career in 2017 in his first stint at VMI, serving as an assistant coach. Before jumping to college, Miniaci was the head coach at Broadway High School from 2015-17. A three-year letterwinner at Bridgewater College, he received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2013. He also has a master’s in Sport and Recreation Management that he earned in 2020 during his time at NEC. Miniaci holds a USSF E coaching license.
“Gerard comes to JMU with experience from various coaching levels,” Zazenski added. “He has prior experience as the interim head coach at both New England College and VMI. He is a young and eager coach who will no doubt help our program become better. We are excited to have him on staff for the foreseeable future and can” I can’t wait to have him start this month.”
The Dukes are set to open up the 2022 season on Thursday, Aug. 25 as they host the Fairfield by Marriott Invitational in Binghamton.