02G Blue Coach
Menlo College Athletics is pleased to announce Zlatan Sahmanovic as the 9th Head Women’s Soccer Coach in program history. Sahmanovic comes to Menlo College after spending the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Cal State East Bay Women’s Soccer team.
During his time at Cal State East Bay, Sahmanovic worked in every facet of the women’s soccer program including:
- Game preparation
- On-field coaching
- Individual development
- All administrative duties
He served as the program’s First Assistant from 2010 to 2013 before being promoted to Associate Head Coach from 2014 until accepting the Head Coach position at Menlo College. He has also been active on the club scene, working as a U16-U19 boys coach for Tri-Valley soccer club since 2012. He has been the club’s Director of Player Development since 2015.
Sahmanovic played collegiately at Humboldt State University from 2005-09. Among his many accolades with the Jacks, he was:
- Named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Freshman of the Year
- First Team All-GNAC in 2005
- Earned Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Far West Region Second Team honors
- A two-year captain as a junior and senior
Sahmanovic helped the Jacks finish fourth in the North Division of the CCAA in 2009. He played three seasons for the Sonoma Sol of the National Premier Soccer League following his college career.
A 2010 graduate of Humboldt State, Sahmanovic earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice. He received his Master’s in Coaching and Public Administration from Concordia University, Irvine in 2015. As a prep student-athlete, Sahmanovic was a three-time all-league selection at Prospect High School in San Jose and an All-Metro selection as a senior at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks.
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987, Sahmanovic lived in Croatia and Germany before coming to the United States with his family in 1996.