Named the first head coach in program history on April 21, 2011, and entering his sixth season with the Mavericks in 2016, Jason Mims has built a program receiving national recognition across the country.
Omaha clinched its second Summit League regular season title with a 5-0-1 record in 2016. The Mavericks finished the regular season 10-5-4, earned the top seed in the Summit League Tournament and advanced to the conference tournament finals. Omaha played to a 1-1 draw with No. 8 Creighton in front of 4766 fans. The Mavericks put together a six-match home-unbeaten streak until dropping a 1-0 decision to Valparaiso. UNO battled No. 3/4 Denver to a 0-0 draw on senior day at Caniglia Field. Omaha then defeated Oral Roberts 3-1 on Nov. 5 to clinch the top-seed in the Summit League Tournament. The Mavericks picked up their first ever tournament win with a 3-1 defeat of Eastern Illinois. In the conference tournament finals, Omaha scored the first goal against host Denver but fell 2-1.
Fazlo Alihodzic tied for the league lead with nine goals and 25 points. Goalkeeper Joseph Ghitis led the lead with a .763 save percentage and was second with a 1.06 goals-against average and 61 saves. Alihodzic, Ghitis, Emmanuel Hamzat and Seth Rinderknecht earned First Team All-League honors while Mark Moulton and Jacob Weiler captured Second Team honors. Hamzat, Rinderknecht and Fred Frimpong each won a spot on the All-Newcomer team. Alihodzic became the first Omaha player to be named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year while Hamzat picked up Newcomer of the Year accolades. Alihodzic, Lalo Gamboa and Jake McCain took home All-Tournament honors. Moulton was named the program's first-ever First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American and was a nominee for the Senior CLASS award.
The 2015 campaign saw Omaha finish with a 9-6-3 overall mark and finish second in the Summit League with a 3-2-1 record. Mims' team qualified for the Summit League postseason tournament in its first full season of Division I eligibility and achieved the program's first Top 25 ranking. The season opened with an exhibition victory over preseason No. 9/10 Washington and continued with four straight wins to start the regular season, including a 1-0 win over No. 13 UC Irvine. Following the victory, Omaha entered the nation polls for the first time with a No. 22 ranking from Topdrawersoccer.com at No. 22, while Soccer America had the Mavericks at No. 23. They would also reach as high as No. 23 in the NSCAA/NCAA Poll after topping Bradley in double overtime, 3-2. The Mavericks would play three teams that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships (Drake, Denver, and Rutgers). UNO entered its first Summit League tournament as the No. 2 seed but fell in double overtime to Oral Roberts, 2-1. The Mavericks set a school record for most goals in a season with 30.
Mark Moulton finished second in the league in goals (7), assists (6) and points (20). Moulton and Felipe da Silva earned All-Summit League First Team honors, while Emir Alihodzic, Fazlo Alihodzic, and Logan Mendez were second team picks. Fazlo Alihodzic was also selected to the All-Newcomer Team. Moulton and Cole Nelson were named to the Summit League All-tournament team. The awards kept coming for Moulton as he was selected as a Second Team Academic All-American. Moulton, along with da Silva, Mendez, and Joseph Ghitis all earned spots on the league's all-academic team. Emir Alihodzic became the first-ever Omaha men's soccer player to be taken in the MLS Draft. Alihodzic was selected 54th overall in the third round by the Seattle Sounders on Jan. 19, 2016. The Mavericks earned their fifth-straight NSCAA Team Academic Award and had 12 players named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.
In 2014, Mims led the Mavericks to their best season in program history with a 10-5-2 record and a share of the Summit League regular season title. UNO did not shy away from competition in 2014, as they traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. for an exhibition match against No. 4 UCLA. The Mavericks also lost to No. 20 Stanford at home in overtime and tied No. 24 Cal State Northridge in Fullerton, Calif. The Mavericks defense posted a program-best eight shutouts and had 0.78 goals against average. Nick Miller, Mark Moulton, and Vance Rookwood went on to earn All-Summit League First Team honors, while Felipe da Silva and Emir Alihodzic were named to the second team. Joseph Ghitis and Michael Jaime earned spots on the Summit League All-Newcomer Team. Mims was honored as Coach of the Year for his team's performance on the pitch. The 2014 team was awarded its fourth-straight NSCAA Team Academic Award and had four players named to the Academic All-Summit League team. The Mavericks also placed 14 players on the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.
In 2013, the Mavs pulled off a stunning 1-1 draw at No. 6 Creighton in an exhibition match and later in the year debuted their newly renovated Caniglia Field, featuring one of the finest playing surfaces in the country. Under Mims, the Mavericks' attacking style continued to take shape, as UNO's 108 shots on goal easily surpassed the 80 SOG in 2012 and 43 in 2011. Freshman Christian Garcia went on to earn Summit League Newcomer of the Year, and Felipe da Silva was an All-Summit League First Team center back. The 2013 team won its third straight NSCAA Team Academic Award and had two players earn Academic All-Summit League honors. UNO had 12 players named to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.
In 2012, the Mavs were a surprise in The Summit League, finishing in a tie for fourth place in the league standings with a 3-3-1 record. Against the top three teams in the league, the Mavs took a draw and two overtime losses. In its first year in The Summit League, UNO's high-powered offense finished second in the league with 26 goals on the season. In conference play, the Mavs were third with 11 goals scored and gave up just seven goals, the second fewest in the league. The Mavs carried that momentum into the spring season, defeating two-time defending College Cup participant Creighton in an exhibition match in April. The 2012 team earned its second straight NSCAA Team Academic Award and had one player named to the Academic All-Summit League team. The Mavs placed 16 players on the Summit League Academic Honor Roll.
Mims' hiring marks a homecoming of sorts. He spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Creighton, helping then-head coach Bob Warming, now the head coach at Penn State, create the Bluejays' program from the ground up. Mims helped lead Creighton to eight straight NCAA tournament appearances and six Missouri Valley Conference Championships. He was a two-time finalist for the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year award, the 2008 MVC Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2008 NSCAA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Recognized as one of the best identifiers and developers of college soccer players in the nation, Mims recruited 10 All-Americans, eight conference players of the year, 21 all-region honorees and 50 all-conference picks at Creighton.
Mims also coached club soccer for six years while in Omaha, winning the Nebraska state championship each season and qualifying for the national tournament once by winning the Region II championship. In 2007, he was an NSCAA National Youth Coach of the Year finalist and the region coach of the year.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mims played soccer collegiately at Saint Louis University, where he was a two-time All-Conference USA selection and an NSCAA All-Midwest Region pick in 1997. Mims also played professionally for one season with Cincinnati Riverhawks of the A-League. He graduated from Saint Louis in 1999 with a communications degree.