Nate Baker enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Omaha men’s soccer program.
Baker comes to Omaha after five seasons at Navy, where he served as the associate head coach in 2016 and was the top assistant coach since 2013.
Last season, Navy was 5-9-4 overall record with a 4-1-3 mark at home. Two Midshipmen players earned All-Patriot League accolades.
Baker served as the Interim head coach at the United State Naval Academy during the summer of 2016. He was in charge of overseeing every aspect of the program, as well as serving as the director of the Navy Boys Soccer Camp.
Navy was 8-9-1 overall in 2015 and 4-5-0 in the Patriot League, tying for fifth place. The Midshipmen spent two weeks receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll and took impressive wins over West Virginia, Ohio State and UMBC.
Baker helped the team to an 11-4-5 overall record in 2014 and a 6-1-2 conference mark, which earned Navy the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Midshipmen finished the season on an 11-game unbeaten streak at 7-0-4. Navy spent three weeks ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 and went 2-0-1 against nationally ranked opponents, which included a 2-1 win over #10 Maryland.
In his first year as the top assistant in 2013, Baker helped the Midshipmen to its best season in decades. Navy advanced to the NCAA Second Round and had an overall record of 16-4-2. Navy won both the Patriot League Tournament and Regular Season Championships, closing the season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA national poll.
Baker helped the Midshipmen to a 7-7-3 record in 2012, as a volunteer assistant coach that featured a 5-2-1 start with wins over 20th-ranked George Mason, Pittsburgh and eventual Patriot League Tournament champion Lafayette. He helped coach a Navy offense that finished 23rd in the country in scoring offense (1.88 goals per game) and featured five players that scored at least 10 points for the first time in 12 years.
Before coaching Navy, Baker spent time with Soccer Means More, LLC, a training company that worked as an adjunct to club training, writing an age-specific curriculum for every level that stressed technique on and off the ball. He has also spent time as a staff coach for the Maryland Olympic Development Program and as a college summer coach at both the University of Maryland and Navy.
As a player, Baker played professionally for the Harrisburg City Islanders and Real Maryland Monarchs of the United Soccer League (USL). As a starter on both squads, Baker helped his teams defeat DC United (2007) and the New England Revolution (2009) to gain quarterfinal berths in the US Open Cup.
Baker was a four-year starter at American and led the team to the Patriot League Championship in 2004. He served as a two-year captain and helped American also reach the 2005 league final.
He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from American University in 2007. Baker currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License.
Baker and his wife, Brittany, have two daughters, Anna and Corinne.
Daniel Galvis is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant. Galvis trains the Maverick goalkeepers.
During 2016, goalkeeper Joseph Ghitis led the lead with a .763 save percentage and was second with a 1.06 goals-against average and 61 saves. Ghitis earned four Summit League Defensive Player of the Week awards and was named First Team All-Summit League.
During 2015, Omaha goalkeeper's Josh Christensen and Joseph Ghitis combined for a 1.14 goals-against average, 65 saves and two shutouts.
Maverick goalkeepers had seven shutouts and a meniscal 0.78 goals against average in 2014. Josh Christensen led the Summit League in save percentage (.879), goals-against (4), and goals-against average (0.47). He finished second in the league with seven shutouts. Joseph Ghitis allowed only 10 goals on the season and had a 1.06 goals-against average and a .737 save percentage. Ghitis earned a spot on the league's all-newcomer team.
Galvis worked with Omaha's Matt Grosey during the 2013 season, and the Mavericks had the Summit League's third best goals-against average (1.28) and had four shutouts.
Before joining UNO, Galvis served one season a volunteer assistant at Creighton University. Before that, Galvis spent six seasons as the goalkeeper coach at Bellevue University (NE). During his time with the Bruins, Galvis coached two-time all-conference and all-Region goalkeeper Romain Couture, who was also a 2007 NAIA All-American, recording a 1.18 goals against average, while collecting five shutouts
He also mentored all-league goalkeeper Sebastian Narvaez, who ended his Bellevue career with school records for career wins (44), saves (263), shutouts (19), and second in goals against average (1.17).
Galvis spent two years as the Bruins' goalkeeper from 2004-05. He helped the 2005 Bruins to an 18-3 record, the MCAC Tournament Championship, a school record for wins (18) and shutouts (10), and a No. 17 final national ranking.
He began his collegiate career in 2001 at Union County College in Cranford, N.J. where he helped his team to a 32-5 record in two years. Galvis then came to Nebraska and played his final two seasons at Bellevue University.
Born in Mexico City, Galvis was raised in Cali, Colombia. His early soccer development was supervised by Jose Luis Cruz (El Tucumano) at the Tucuman Academy, where he learned the essence of the game as a part of a talented group, many of which were signed to the Ajax of Amsterdam.
Galvis' goalkeeping education was acquired in El Deportivo Cali by the late Carlos Portela, one the best goalkeeper coaches in Colombia at the time.
Galvis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from Bellevue University in 2006.