Galas Named Soccer Assistant Coach

May 8, 2003

EUGENE - The University of Oregon athletic department announced Thursday that John Galas has rejoined the Duck women's soccer team as an assistant coach.

The former Duck volunteer coach will work with all facets of coaching and recruiting and returns to the staff after serving as a volunteer coach in 1997-99. Since then, he has served as an assistant coach at Florida State for three seasons - NCAA qualifiers each year and two-time Sweet 16 qualifiers - and worked in 1998 with one of England's premier academy club teams - the Liverpool FC Academy.

'We're glad to have John back on board,' Oregon head coach Bill Steffen said. 'He has a great passion for the game and for the University of Oregon, and has continued to expand his experience. The Liverpool club is one of the best soccer programs anywhere in the world, and Florida State is one of the best teams in one of the nation's top conferences. He has a well-rounded familiarity with all aspects of the game, and we're looking forward to utilizing his skills and abilities.'

An assistant coach at Florida State the past three seasons, Galas worked extensively with the team's goalkeepers. In 2001, with three freshman keepers under his charge, the Seminoles posted six shutouts and advanced to the ACC championship game. In two NCAA games that season, the same group allowed only one goal. In his first season in 2000, senior keeper Sarah Crawford posted a career-high six shutouts and was the program's first All-ACC Tournament selection.

Before moving to Tallahassee, Galas worked with the Liverpool Football Club in 1998 - one of England's premier club teams. He also served as a goalkeeping coach for the club's Community Coaching Scheme while attending the University of Liverpool where he received his MBA in the Football (soccer) Industries. Galas holds a USSF National 'B' Coaching License and completed his NSCAA National Diploma in January of 2001.

In his prior stay in Eugene from 1997-1999, Galas served as an Oregon volunteer coach and worked mainly with the goalkeepers. Prior to his work with the Ducks, he served as an assistant coach/ goalkeeper coach at South Eugene High School for the boy's and girl's soccer programs and as an assistant coach for the Willamette District U_23 state team. The South Eugene boy's team won the state title in 1998 and the girl's team advanced to the state final one year and the state semifinal another year.

'I'm delighted to be back in Eugene,' Galas said, 'and thrilled to be back at the University of Oregon and a part of great athletic department. I've been fortunate the last three years to work with one of the nation's premier coaches and programs at FSU with Patrick Baker, and have learned a tremendous amount there. Having said that, that I am extremely excited about the program's resources here. We have a talented team and great facilities, and the future is bright.'

A Woodland Hills, Calif. native, Galas received his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon in June of 1997. While playing for the University of Liverpool, Galas earned his master's degree in football (soccer) industries in December 1999. While playing for the University of Liverpool, Galas was afforded access to all LFC first team training sessions where he observed some of the world's elite players and coaches train day in and day out.

Galas (3-25-72) married his wife, the former Anna Brockmeyer, July 31, 1999.

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