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Cherif Zein

Cherif Zein

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Cherif's work combines: Sports, Travel, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Director of Coaching

I coach soccer.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Spanish Language and Literature

    University of California-Los Angeles

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Bachelor's Degree: Spanish Language and Literature

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Started teaching high school and coaching soccer.

  • 2.

    Started coaching at the university level at a very young age.

  • 3.

    Started teaching adult education and left high school teaching.

  • 4.

    Started coaching club soccer and traveling.

  • 5.

    Started coaching junior college and teaching.

  • 6.

    Started coaching women and girls teams.

  • 7.

    Became independent and started my own club.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You are too short and small, you can not play at UCLA. Who are you to coach soccer? What do you know about teaching and coaching?

  • How I responded:

    Never gave up on my dream. Went out and tried even harder to prove them wrong. Traveled the world to learn from the best.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Didn't know a word of English upon arrival in the states. Worked hard at making friends and learning on the street the American way.