“Zack” first became interested in soccer when his dad took him to his own
training and games. He played for 5 years at the pro level and has coached all
levels including college. His most memorable moment as a coach came when his
Sockers team won the National Championship. His best moment as a player was when
he was 14 years old and playing the SV Hamburg U 14 team. Although Hamburg had 4
National Team players, Issac’s team beat them 2-0 with Issac scoring both goals.
In a game in the NPSL, he scored 2 goals in 25 seconds. Issac also likes to
fish, play golf, tennis, board games and read. His advice to young players is,
“Success Through Commitment (S.T.C.)” and “Believe to Achieve (B.T.A)”
is not the most vocal coach you will hear on the sidelines during their soccer
careers. But what they will hear from time to time is, “What are you thinking?”
to challenge his players to think about what just happened on the field. “I want
them to rewind the tape in their minds of what just happened and learn from it,”
says Issac. “I want our players to do their own thinking on the field.”
Therefore, he is a man of few words while the game is in play.
addition to that philosophy, there’s BTA and STC: Believe to Achieve and Success
Through Commitment. “I love to help and develop kids and bring the best out of
them, technically, tactically, physically and mentally,” says Issac.
Born in Syria
near the city of Damascus, Issac and his family moved to Lebanon when he was 4.
But life there was difficult as civil war broke out between Christians and
Muslims. So Issac’s father, George, moved his family to the United States when
Issac was 12. While living in Lebanon, Issac’s father, who played semi-pro
soccer, started teaching his son to play soccer and to love the sport.
family settled in Chicago and Issac went to Von Stuben High School, where he
played varsity soccer all four years and set a school record scoring 106 goals.
graduation, he went to the University of Illinois Chicago and played for two
years before being lured to the pros. For the next five years, Issac played for
the Pittsburgh Spirits (MISL), the Ft. Worth Kickers (USISL), the Nashville
Diamonds (ASL), and the Chicago Shockers (NPSL). Three ACL injuries ended his
career and forced him to the sidelines in 1986 where he has thrived as a coach
years, Issac has coached and trained soccer clubs in Palatine, Barrington,
Hanover Park, Lake Forest, including the Chicago Wind and a club he started, the
Red, White and Blue Futball Club, before joining the Trevian staff. He has also
been a state coach and evaluator for the Olympic Development Program.
Issac and his wife, Angela, live
in Wilmette with their three children, Nina, Ramina, and Georgie.
Issac Moushi is the inventor of
the magnificent training tool Soccix. Soccix develops soccer skills such as:
first touch, passing/receiving, shooting, goaltending, conditioning and more.