Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
John Galas
Position: Associate Head Coach
Experience: 4 Years

John Galas enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Wildcats. In December 2009, he was promoted to associate head coach under Lisa Oyen after her appointment to the head job. Galas' primary on-field responsibilities are working with the Wildcats' goalkeepers, while also assisting with the continued development in all facets of the program.

In 2009, Galas served as a co-interim head coach with Oyen to close out the season. He helped guide the Wildcats to a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over rival Arizona State, the first time in program history that UA defeated the Sun Devils in Tucson. The two worked hand-in-hand to secure one of the school's top recruiting classes signed in April of 2010.

Galas, who has served on coaching staffs at both Oregon and Florida State, joined the UA program from Portland, Ore., prior to the 2007 season. There 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.

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.

Prior to moving to professional soccer, Galas was an assistant for the women's program at Oregon for two seasons from 2003-2004. With the Ducks he was the program'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.

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 school'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 `Noles went 42-23-6 in the three seasons with him on staff.

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 Club's Community Coaching Program in Liverpool, England.

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

John and his wife, Anna, have two sons, Caleb and Hayden 3.