Brownback’s new commerce secretary has unique past: faith, soccer and Middle Eastern travels

Dec 13, 2015 416

Kansas' new commerce secretary has played professional soccer in Italy, written a romance novel and filmed a commercial with Danny DeVito. Gov. Sam Brownback cited Antonio Soave's experience in international business as the head of Capistrano Global Advisory Services when he made the nomination last month.

However, Soave also was a college soccer coach until just a few weeks ago. In June, Soave was named men's soccer coach for Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida that competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and coached for one season.

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