Academy Staff

Zef Kabashi

PDB Academy Director / Staff Coach

Zef is in his first season as Head Soccer Coach at NK Rudar Velenje, in the Slovenian 2nd League for the 2021/2022 season.

Prior to coaching in Slovenia, he became Director of Soccer Operations at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, NY after coaching the team in the 2020 season.

Prior to Holy Trinity, he spent the 2019 season on the coaching staff of Baruch College.

He coached at Queensborough Community College (2009-2017) with a record of 45-26-4. He won three CUNYAC Regular Season Titles (2011, 2013, & 2016) and four CUNYAC Championships (2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015) during his tenure. He was named CUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2016, and was also honored with the N.J.C.A.A. Region XV Sportsmanship Award for a second time.

He has worked with the Olympic Development Program coaching the U16 & U17 Boys age groups.

With a Master's of Science in Sport Psychology, Zef has earned a UEFA 'B' Coaching License, USSF ‘A’ National Coaching License, a N.S.C.A.A. Advanced National Diploma, and a N.S.C.A.A. Director of Coaching Diploma. He continues to be student of the game with multiple certificates from the Football Coach Evolution (formerly the World Football Academy).

Zef was a very successful collegiate player, playing for Nassau Community College and later Molloy College. For Nassau, he was a Regional Finalist and captained the N.J.C.A.A. All-Star Team. His success would continue at NCAA Division II Molloy College, where he would captain and earn his Degree in Business Management.