WFF Girls Development Academy Director Appointed

WFF Girls Development Academy Director Appointed

Jorge Zavala Appointed as West Florida Flames Girls’ Development Academy Director


Brandon, FL (AUG 13, 2017) – West Florida Flames Executive Director, Gary Rach, recently confirmed that Jorge Zavala will lead the new US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy Program.  The announcement comes shortly after the strong endorsement of Gary Rach and his leadership to move the club forward.


Zavala, will move away from his role as Girls Director of Coaching to focus on the inaugural season of the Girls’ Development Academy while also appointed as compliance advisor to the recent Boys DA partnership within Players Club of Tampa Bay and West Florida Flames.  “His dedication, passion and commitment to the players and club has not gone unnoticed, said Rach, and the decision to appoint him was an easy one.”


Zavala, who retired early in 2012 after 21 years in the corporate world within executive management brings a great amount of experience not only in soccer but also business planning, budgets, management, and human resources.  Zavala held the role of ECNL Director in 2015 before being promoted to Girls’ Director of Coaching by Rammel in 2016.  Zavala is also a current US Soccer Federation Boys National Youth Team Talent ID scout and National Market Training Center staff member, as well as, a Professional Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer.  Holds a degree in Business Administration from Shorter University, and is NSCAA and Federation licensed.  He was a former Assistant Coach within the USLPro and the only American coach to be selected to travel to Rio Maior, Portugal to coach within the VisionPro Sports Institute venture with West Florida Flames in the Pro Academy in 2012 under the direction of now current England U20 Head Coach, Paul Simpson.


“I’m extremely honored, proud and excited to have been appointed the clubs new Academy Director and to be able to support and advise within the new Boys DA partnership.  I’m a true believer of player development and the focus of being player centric.  This role provides the opportunity to follow a standard that is purely focused on developing the best possible player at all levels.” Comments Zavala.


“Jorge has been a staple in our programming since 2011 and appointing him to lead the Girls DA program was an easy decision,” Said Rach.  “Jorge has been instrumental in helping the club gain quality coaches and programs.  It is a privilege to have him continue with the club as we move to delineate ourselves as an organization.”


The Girls’ Development Academy at West Florida Flames will kick-off its inaugural season on Sunday, September 10th at JC Handly Park.