Charlotte, NC – Johnson & Wales head men’s soccer coach James Drzewiecki has announced that assistant coach Kev Summers has been elevated to the position of associate head coach, effective immediately.
“He’s more than earned it,” said Drzewiecki. “Coach Summers has been a key part of our staff from the start. We’re incredibly fortunate to have him, both as a coach and as a member of our athletic department as a whole. Kev is synonymous with this program.”
Summers joined the Wildcats coaching staff ahead of the program’s inaugural 2015 season and helped the team immediately earn national recognition. The Wildcats finished 9-1-0 that season, ranking as high as #13 in the USCAA that year with a team almost entirely comprised of freshmen. Defensively, the team ranked third in the nation, allowing just 0.6 goals per match.
Numerous student athletes have gone on to win state and national recognition under his watch. The Wildcats have had three USCAA National Player of the Week recipients (shared by Jalen Jackson and John Lowes), three USCAA Academic All-Americans (Lowes, Jacob Till, and Ariel Morales), and one NCCSIA All-State recipient (Dominic DiGiacomo).
In addition, the men’s soccer program has established itself as a force in the classroom, most recently posting a 3.02 GPA for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Summers holds his FA Coaching Level 2 and UEFA B Part 1 licenses in coaching. He has been a fixture on the club level with the Charlotte Soccer Academy, earning the club’s “Academy Coach of the Year” honors in 2009 and “Greater Charlotte Club Coach of the Year” honors in 2014.