Lakeland has named Amir Kettani its new head coach of men's soccer as he is just the third coach that the program has since its inaugural season in 1969. Mario Marcopoli started as coach in 1969 until 1987 followed by Djuro Peric from 1988 to 2018.
"I want to thank Scott Barlow and Lakeland for giving me the chance to be head coach of the men's soccer team," Kettani said. "I am very excited for the upcoming season."
Kettani comes to Lakeland after serving as assistant coach for the last seven years at Cleveland State University. Kettani mainly worked with the goaltenders at Cleveland State and assisted in other areas of the program.
While at Cleveland State, Kettani helped the Vikings to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals in 2017 and then improve by 50 spots in the RPI rankings in the previous season. In each of the past four seasons, Kettani has helped Cleveland State to a league winning percentage of .500 or better.
Kettani has experience training three goalkeepers that are playing Major League Soccer. Those three keepers are Evan Bush (Montreal Impact), Charlie Horton (DC United) and Brad Stuver (New York City FC).
Kettani has previously worked with Alan Kelly, who was the goalie coach for the Irish National Team. He has also worked with Dan Gaspar, who coached for the Portuguese and Iranian National teams.
Kettani has also been an integral part of the Cleveland Internationals Developmental Academy coaching staff as goalkeeper coach for the U14, U16 and U18 teams. During his time there, Kettani worked with Charlie Horton, who was a member of Leeds United of the English Championship.
Kettani comes from a long family line of coaches as he has two members of his family that are coaching professionally in Ireland. His uncle Pat Devlin is the Director of Football at Cabinteely FC and cousin Keith Long is Head Football Manager at Bohemians FC.
As a player, Kettani played one season at Ashland University before transferring to Cleveland State, where he lettered from 2002-04. In 2004, he earned first team Horizon League honors after leading league in saves and was named a team MVP. Kettani still ranks in the top-10 in career saves at Cleveland State.
For more information about Lakeland athletics, visit www.athletics.lakelandcc.edu.
About Lakeland Community College
Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to our mission, Lakeland provides quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community.
Offering day, evening, weekend and online classes, the college serves more than 10,800 credit and 2,800 noncredit students (2016). For more information about the College, visit www.lakelandcc.edu.