Henry Zapata was named associate head women’s soccer coach at Lamar University in February 2016, rejoining LU head coach Steve Holeman.
Zapata came to LU from Elon University, where he served as assistant coach in 2015. Prior to that, Zapata spent two years as Holeman’s assistant coach at Georgia, helping the Bulldogs post a 22-15-3 record in those two campaigns, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, a season that saw Georgia ranked as high as 14th in the nation.
Zapata has also served on the staffs at the College of Charleston and the University of Illinois. He has also coached club soccer in South Carolina and Illinois.
Zapata, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Illinois in 2008 and a master’s degree in sport management from Illinois in 2011, holds a USSF National “B” coaching license.
Director of Operations
Lisa Topping, a four-year standout midfielder for Lamar University, returned to LU in July 2016 as director of operations.
Topping played in 75 games for the Cardinals, starting 71. The 75 games played are tied for the second-most in program history, while her 71 starts are tied for fourth on LU’s all-time list. Topping is in LU’s top-10 all-time lists for career points (31), goals (10) and assists (11).
The Preston, United Kingdom, native was successful in the classroom at LU as well, being named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in each of her four seasons with the Cardinals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in kinesiology from LU in 2013 and a master’s in applied psychology from LU in 2015.
Topping was on the LU coaching staff in the 2013 season while earning her master’s degree. She holds a USSF E coaching license and is working on earning her D license.
Michele McCullough, who served as a team manager for the Lamar University women’s soccer team in 2015, returns to the Cardinals as goalkeeper coach this season.
McCullough, a 2013 graduate of Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, played four seasons for the Bearkats. Her best season was a junior in 2011, when she started 15 matches with a 1.98 goals-against average and three shutouts. She had one shutout in three games as a senior with a .880 save percentage.
The native of League City, Texas, was a two-time all-district goalkeeper at Clear Creek High School, helping the team win a district championship.
McCullough is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at Lamar University.