Shabazz named head coach at Kalamazoo
Lumumba Shabazz was formally introduced as Kalamazoo College's head men's soccer coach on April 9, 2012.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Shabazz brings more than 25 years of international soccer experience to Kalamazoo. Prior to entering the coaching profession, Shabazz enjoyed a 20-year amateur, collegiate and professional playing career with teams in Germany, the USA and the Caribbean.
"I am very excited about joining the Kalamazoo College community because the academic mission of the college and its quest for excellence in the classroom and in the athletic arena really appealed to me," Shabazz said. "The prestigious academics, along with the articulated vision for Kalamazoo College men's soccer were both huge draws for me. In addition, the intimate, personal nature of the campus and the supportive camaraderie that I've already experienced made me feel that this college would be the perfect fit. I look forward to contributing to the further success of Kalamazoo College, both in the classroom and on the soccer field, as well as the challenge of taking Kalamazoo College men's soccer back to a position of prominence within the MIAA and NCAA. "
Shabazz comes to Kalamazoo from Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer High School where he coached the past six seasons. After entering the program as junior varsity boys and freshmen girls coach, Shabazz took over both varsity programs in 2008. Shabazz amassed a combined record of 68-33-20 with three district championships, two District Coach of the Year awards, one Washtenaw County Coach of the Year award, and finished his career by advancing both teams to the final eight of MHSAA Division 1 soccer tournament, the joint highest-ever finish in school history.
Shabazz's 14 years of coaching experience includes stops at the club, high school and collegiate levels in New York, Miami and Michigan. He previously coached at G. Holmes Braddock High in Miami, Fla. where the team won numerous sportsmanship and fair play awards while consistently challenging for league, district and state titles. During his time at Braddock, Shabazz graduated several top players to the collegiate and professional ranks, including star forward Juan Gonzalez of Real Cartagena in the Colombian First Division, Pedro Power, formerly of Miami FC and current Venezuelan international midfielder and former Conference USA collegiate player of the year, Juan Guerra.
Shabazz is also a U.S. Region II staff coach where he supervises teams and players within the Olympic Development Program for possible selection to the U.S. national teams.
Additionally, Shabazz served as the assistant collegiate coach at Pratt Institute (N.Y.) for two seasons in both the men's and women's programs under coach Ian Williams.
As part of Shabazz's playing career, he represented Trinidad and Tobago at both the junior and senior national team levels. He played collegiately at both Long Island and Florida International with MLS stars like Jeff Cassar (Dallas Burn), Roger Thomas (Jamaican International and Miami Fusion), Tyrone Marshall (Jamaican International and LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders), Steve Ralston (USA International and former captain of New England Revolution) and Giovanni Savarese (former New York Red Bulls star and current NY Cosmos youth director).
Shabazz currently holds the USSF A license, the prestigious (USSF) National Youth license, the NSCAA National Goalkeeper Instructor Diploma, in addition to several coaching certificates on Fitness, Speed and Agility and Soccer Camp administration from the English FA. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious SAQ Advanced International license from Alan Pearson, the world's foremost authority on Speed and Agility for elite soccer performance, who pioneered SAQ programs for Arsenal FC, Tottenham FC and Bayern Munich FC, amongst many others. In doing so, Shabazz has become only the fourth such recipient of this award in the United States and has developed an excellent national reputation for position specific training that integrates the physical, technical-tactical and psychological components.
In a further bid to continue his commitment to professional coaching development, Shabazz completed a two week internship in both 2008 and 2009 at West Ham United in London under the tutelage and watchful eye of legendary master coach, Professor Tony Carr, studying the latest trends in technique and tactics, player development and applied sports science. West Ham United is one of the most prestigious professional soccer clubs in the world, and their Youth Academy, where Shabazz spent most of his time, is world renowned for developing superstars like Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Glen Johnson, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe.
In addition, in March 2010, Shabazz travelled to Madrid, Spain for an extended coaching study visit with Real Madrid FC, Getafe FC, Atletico Madrid FC, and was a featured guest of the Spanish Football Federation, where he took part in lectures, seminars and field sessions around the topic of youth and professional development with many of Spain's top coaches. In March 2011, Shabazz traveled to Brazil with US Soccer as part of a contingent of coaches who studied the Brazilian approach to soccer and player development at Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminese and Vasco da Gama football clubs.