Amir Kettani begins his first season as head men's soccer coach at Lakeland for the 2019 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 sports 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.
Kettani works full time at MK Industries as the Sales Director. He is married to Paige Kettani and the couple currently reside in Lakewood.