(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of assistant coaches Omar Gallo and Kyle Zaber to the men's soccer program. Both Gallo and Zaber join Head Coach Dustan Harley and Assistant Coach Pablo Rodriguez on the sidelines.
Omar Gallo enters his first season with Holy Cross to work primarily with goalkeepers. Coach Gallo is a graduate of Cape Breton University where he was a goalkeeper and earned numerous awards including; 2007Atlantic University Sport Conference (AUS) Male Athlete of the week, 2007 Cape Breton Male Athlete of the Week, 2007 2nd team All-Conference, and in 2007 he was also named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Male Athlete of the Week.
Gallo was also a star in the classroom being named a 2007 Academic All- Canadian. At Cape Breton he started in 44 games, recorded 19 shutouts, and a 0.88 goals against average.
In 2006, Omar played in the Player Development League (PDL) with the Palm Beach Pumas, and in that same year was invited to trials with Team Canada in the University Games held in Thailand.
Coach Gallo will also lead the first ever Holy Cross men's soccer JV team for the 2010 season. The Saints will begin the year hosting Indiana University - South Bend at the Invaders complex and have an 11 game schedule.
Kyle Zaber began his playing career in the St. Louis area where he played for BUSCH Soccer Club. Kyle's club experience was extensive with BUSCH where at one point the team was ranked #4 in the nation for club programs.
After finishing his high school tenure, where he was a four year varsity starter and earned All-State Honors along with All-Midwest Region Academic Athlete Honors, he attended Dominican University where he played one year of varsity soccer as the only freshmen to start all games before transferring to the University of Kentucky. Kyle played four years on the UK Men's Club Soccer Team where he was co-captain for two of the four years. After earning his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Kyle enrolled at the University of Denver for his M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology.
Kyle began his coaching career while in high school volunteering as a student coach for the girls' program and at the youth level. At the University of Kentucky Kyle assisted as a player coach for the Men's Club Program and as an assistant coach with Lafayette High School's boys' varsity and junior varsity teams. After moving to Denver Kyle began coaching with the Littleton United Soccer Club. Kyle then began coaching with Broomfield Blast Soccer Club after one year with Littleton. He was also a volunteer coach with two club teams hosted through the University of Denver.
Kyle is hoping to bring his passion for the game of soccer and his knowledge and education in Sport and Performance Psychology to assist with building the Holy Cross College Men's Soccer team to a premier NAIA program. Kyle lives in the South Bend area where he works as a Child and Adolescent Therapist for a community mental health provider.