April 23, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The defending NCAA National Champion UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program has hired Nate Failing as its new goalkeeper coach, head coach Tim Vom Steeg announced Monday. Failing, who has coached at the Division I level and worked with the Ghana women's national team, replaces Erick Foss on the UCSB coaching staff.
Failing comes to Santa Barbara after spending the last three seasons as the director of goalkeepers and team coach with the San Ramon Soccer Club of the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) District III in San Ramon, Calif. In addition to his time on the SRSC coaching staff, Failing has worked with goalkeepers for Juventus, Maverick, Peninsula, and Livermore soccer clubs from 2002-06.
At the university level, Failing served as the women's assistant and goalkeeper coach at San Jose State University for two seasons in 2004-05 and held the same position at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. from 2002-03. Prior to joining the Division I ranks, he coached both the men and women's keepers at D-II San Francisco State in 2002 and helped guide the women's squad to an NCAA Tournament berth that year.
Failing also has extensive experience at the high school level, coaching Carondelet High School in Concord, Calif. to three consecutive North Coast Sectional appearances from 2001-04. From 1996-2000, Failing served as the women's varsity goalkeeper coach at California High School in San Ramon, where he helped guide the team to a Nor Cal Championship in 2000. Failing has been a coach on the CHS men's team that has advanced to consecutive NCS appearances the last three years.
He recently worked with the Ghana women's national team goalkeepers while the team was training in the U.S. in October. The squad's keeper went on to earn the Gold Gloves of Africa award after Ghana qualified for the 2007 World Cup.
A former member of the California Semi-Pro League's Greek Americans, Failing is certified with his United States Soccer Federation "A" License and also has a USSF National Goalkeeper License. He earned his bachelor's degree in International Studies at Cal State Hayward and went on to receive his masters in Sport Psychology while at CSUEB.
Failing also played amateurs for HTB in Hamburg, Germany and for DOVO in Veenendaal, Holland from 2000-01.
"I am very excited to join the program here at UCSB," Failing said. "I look forward to helping UCSB continue in its recent success."
Failing replaces Foss, who spent one season with the Gauchos helping lead UC Santa Barbara to the program's first national championship. In addition to working with UCSB's keepers, Failing will also serve as the goalkeeper director for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, adding a full-time goalkeeper coach to the local soccer community.
"We are very fortunate to add a coach with Nate's experience not just to our program, but to the community as well," Vom Steeg said. "Nate will be a tremendous addition to UCSB and to the Santa Barbara soccer community in general."