Cole Kingzett has committed to suiting up for Heat men’s soccer this fall to join the program’s first recruiting class in Canada West. A midfielder from Penticton, BC, he has played his last four years for Thompson Okanagan Football Club (TOFC) in the Super Y league, as well as the recently formed BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL).
Heat head coach Dante Zanatta has had an eye on the 6’2”, 170-pound Kingzett for a while now, noticing Cole when they crossed paths at the TOFC, with Cole as a player and Zanatta as technical director. Kingzett has already had experience playing with the big boys as he twice had the opportunity to go up against the Heat men’s team. He impressed against the Heat, being 16 on a U18 squad in their first matchup and was named man of the match by his coach.
“I’m very happy that Cole has committed to our school and our program,” Zanatta affirms, “I’ve been tracking his progress over the last three years while he has been playing in the BCSPL.”
When asked what he thought he brought to the team moving forward, Kingzett said, “My biggest strength is ball skill and control and I hope this, along with my positive attitude and work ethic will be greatly beneficial to the squad.” With regards to being a part of the team’s jump from PACWEST to Canada West and CIS level competition, he added that “I am pretty confident I can adapt to the increased speed of the game.”
“Cole has a very good technical package with an eye in going forward and helping in the attack, which fits well into the style of soccer that we are developing at UBC O, explains Cole’s new coach Zanatta, who will be going into his fourth year manning the helm of the men’s soccer program at UBC Okanagan.
“I look forward in helping Cole develop into a very productive player in Canada West over his career,” finishes Dante.
Also a strong academic in high school, Kingzett has already set a scholastic goal for himself, having set sights on an academic All-Canadian achievement for his rookie season at UBC Okanagan. He intends to study general sciences as he explores further career options for his post-university life.
Kingzett will join Ryan Jerry, another high school recruit inked by Zanatta out of the Southern Okanagan region, and the rest of Heat soccer this fall when they embark on their inaugural Canada West campaign. Schedules for the 2014-15 Canada West season will be released in mid-June, remember to check back at goheat.ca for updates as they become available.