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20070322 Women's Soccer Names John Galas as Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/22/2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?C Arizona womenˇ?s soccer coach Dan Tobias announced today the hiring of John Galas as an assistant coach. Galasˇ? primary on-field responsibilities will be working with the Wildcatsˇ? goalkeepers, while also assisting with the continued development of the program as a whole and in recruiting.

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"I am very pleased to have John join our staff and welcome him, his wife, Anna, and their boys, Caleb and Hayden, to the Wildcat family,ˇ± Tobias said. ˇ?He has such a great background coaching at all levels from youth through pro, and he has worked in arguably the two best conferences in the country in the Pac-10 and ACC. Players love his coaching style because he is so passionate and knowledgeable. Aside from his valuable experiences on the field, he is just a tremendous person of the highest character, and in addition to our other stellar staff member, Lisa Oyen, he is a great fit for the Arizona family. He is totally committed to helping the program reach new heights and build on our Pac-10 Championship and Sweet 16 successes of the last few seasons."

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Galas, who has served on coaching staffs at both Oregon and Florida State, joins the UA program from Portland, Ore., where he spent the past season as an assistant coach and director of soccer operations for the Portland Timbers Football Club of the United Soccer League.

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ˇ?I would like to thank Coach Tobias for the opportunity to serve on his staff,ˇ± Galas said. ˇ?It is a tremendous honor to work for one of the best and most respected coaches in the country. I am absolutely delighted to be a part of continuing the growth of this program, and taking it to new levels. Everything is in place here for this program to continue to challenge for Pac-10 championships and to penetrate the NCAA Tournament year in and year out. I am thankful for this opportunity to be working within the University of Arizona and the Wildcat family.ˇ±

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On the field with the Timbers, he assisted with the goalkeeping training sessions and was responsible for opponent scouting, video coordination and analysis. His other duties with the club included serving as the director and marketing of camps and clinics, sponsorship development, as well as assisting the head coach with player registration.

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Prior to moving to professional soccer, Galas was an assistant for the womenˇ?s program at Oregon for two seasons from 2003-2004. With the Ducks he was the programˇ?s recruiting coordinator and responsible for planning team and individual training sessions. In 2003 he helped lead GK Dominique Lainez to a then-single-season school record nine wins.

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Galas moved to UO from Florida State where he spent three seasons with the Seminoles. In Tallahassee, he helped guide FSU to three consecutive NCAA postseason appearances, including a pair of trips to the round of 16, and the schoolˇ?s first-ever ACC Tournament championship match. He assisted with the recruitment of three nationally ranked classes, including the No. 7 class in 2003. The ˇ®Noles went 42-23-6 in the three seasons with him on staff.

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Outside of the collegiate and professional ranks, Galas has served as the head coach for the Boys Under-18 team at the Oregon United Soccer Academy in Eugene, Ore., the goalkeeper coach for the Region IV Olympic Development Program in Moscow, Idaho, and as the GK coach for the Liverpool Football Clubˇ?s Community Coaching Program in Liverpool, England.

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Galas earned a BA degree from Oregon in 1997 and a Masterˇ?s degree in business administration in Football (soccer) Industries from the University of Liverpool in England in 1999.

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John and his wife, Anna, have two young sons, Caleb, 3 1/2, and Hayden, 1.

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