MIAMI (June 7, 2012) --- FIU Men's Soccer Head Coach Kenny Arena announced the addition of Jean Camere as assistant coach and Phillip Lamarre as volunteer assistant coach. Both Camere and Lamarre are former men's soccer student-athletes at FIU.
"I'm excited to welcome Jean and Phil back into the FIU family," Arena said. "When I started the search, I hoped that I'd be able to incorporate former Panthers into the coaching staff. Both coaches share the passion, work ethic, and philosophy our team will exemplify on the field. They are both valuable assets to the program and I'm looking forward to working with them for years to come."
Camere played for St. John's University in New York during the 2002-03 seasons where he competed in the NCAA Division I Final against Indiana. The following year he transferred to FIU and played during the 2004-05 seasons. After starting 14 of 16 games for FIU, Camere earned First-Team All-Atlantic Soccer Conference honors while leading the Panthers to the ASC Championship. Locally, Camere is an alumnus of Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla.
After graduating from FIU, Camere took on the position of head coach of Boys' Varsity Soccer at Immaculata La Salle High School in Miami. During his tenure at La Salle, the Boys' Varsity Soccer Team tallied an overall record of 43-12-8 while reaching the district finals in each of his three seasons. After leaving La Salle, Camere took over the head coaching position for Weston FC where he prepared players for academy level competition.
In addition to welcoming Camere back, Lamarre, a fellow FIU alumni and former FIU goalkeeper, is also joining the men's soccer program as a volunteer goalkeepers coach.
Lamarre played his first three seasons of collegiate soccer at FAU and earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Soccer Conference honors during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He currently holds FAU records for most career shutouts (14), minutes (5,091:50) and sits second in saves (205) and wins (22).
Lamarre transferred to FIU his senior year where he played in 9 of 17 games, accumulating 40 saves during the season. Since 2007, Lamarre has been an active assistant coach for his alma mater Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for both the Boys' and Girls' Varsity Soccer teams. Lamarre is also currently a goalkeepers coach for Women's Team Boca and Boca Blast of the Women's Premier Soccer League. Lamarre is a former Miami Herald Player of the Year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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