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Global Jul 20, 2016

Creighton men’s soccer adds Michael Gabb as assistant coach

OMAHA, Neb. (Via Creighton University) – Former Bluejay goalkeeper Michael Gabb has been named as an assistant coach for the Creighton men’s soccer program, head coach Elmar Bolowich announced.

Gabb spent five seasons (1998-2002) with the Bluejays and was a part of two College Cup teams, including the 2000 runner-up squad.

“I am very excited to bring a former standout goalkeeper back to Creighton as a coach,” Bolowich said. “As a former Bluejay, Michael is very familiar with the expectations of the Creighton men’s soccer program. His passion for the game and loyalty to his alma mater will make him a tremendous asset to our athletic department and university.”

He replaces Justin Hughes who took a position as an investment advisor with Renaissance Financial in Omaha.

Most recently, Gabb served as the director of goalkeeping at the Colorado Rush Soccer Club, since 2012, and spent two seasons as the goalkeepers coach for Metropolitan State University in Denver. He helped guide the Roadrunners to a 13-4-2 record and 1.12 goals against average in 2015.

Through the Rush Soccer Club, Gabb served as the College Advisory Program Director. He also founded his own goalkeeping academy Goal Keepers Union in 2013 to provide training year-round, including two camps each year.

In 2007, Gabb spent one season as an assistant for Creighton coach Bob Warming.

Gabb served as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Winthrop University in 2005 and 2006. He also served as Director of Coaching at the Discoveries Soccer Club while attending schoool in South Carolina. Gabb earned his master’s in business and leadership in 2007.

Prior to his time with the Eagles, Gabb served as an assistant coach at Bellevue University. He also served as the supervisor of the Millard Soccer Center, the Arsenal Soccer Club goalkeeping director and founded and directed the Nebraska Goalkeeping Academy.

Before his coaching career, Gabb played professionally with the Syracuse Salty Dogs in the United Soccer League for one season.

During his collegiate playing career, Gabb helped lead the Bluejays to the College Cup twice, including the 2000 College Cup Final. In 2000, he set school records with 2,279 minutes in goal and 21 victories, while playing for coach Bret Simon. The Bluejays won a program-best 22 matches during the 2000 season.

As a senior (2002), Gabb played every minute in goal, tallied nine shutouts for head coach Bob Warming, and led Creighton to its second College Cup appearance in three seasons. He earned Second Team All-MVC honors after accumulating a 0.96 goals against average and an 18-4-2 record.

Gabb owns the fourth-most wins (41) all-time as a Creighton goalkeeper and the second-best winning percentage (.802).

The Bluejays won three Missouri Valley Conference tournament championships and made it to the NCAA Tournament each season during his time as a player.

Gabb earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business from Creighton in 2002.

The Creighton men’s soccer team led the country in wins (19) during the 2015 season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Bluejays return five starters and welcome 12 newcomers.

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