March 7, 2013
CHICAGO - Nate Boyden has been named assistant men's soccer coach at Loyola University Chicago, first-year head coach Neil Jones announced today. Boyden, who helped UC Santa Barbara to a NCAA runner-up finish as a player in 2004, spent the 2012 campaign as an assistant coach at Bradley University.
"Nate is a fantastic addition to our staff for many reasons," Jones said. "First and foremost Nate is a great person who cares about the student-athletes, and places heavy emphasis on the positive soccer and academic experiences that are the cornerstone of the Loyola men's soccer program. On top of that, Nate is an outstanding young coach whose experiences as a collegiate and professional soccer player will be invaluable to our student-athletes, and the Loyola men's soccer program as a whole."
A two-time All-Big West selection, Boyden and Jones were teammates at UC Santa Barbara and helped the Gauchos to three Big West championships as well as a NCAA runner-up finish in 2004. The 2005 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Boyden also received UC Santa Barbara's Golden Eagle Award in 2004 for having the highest grade-point average among male athletes at the school.
Following his standout career at UCSB, Boyden embarked on a lengthy professional career that began in 2006 included stops with the Seattle Sounders of the United Soccer League and Major League Soccer's Chivas USA reserve squad. The 2007 Seattle Sounders Community Player of the Year, Boyden then took his talents overseas where he played for Rostocker FC in Rostock, Germany before returning to the United States to play for the Michigan Bucks.
At Bradley last season, he helped the Braves 10-6-4 record and prior to that, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's soccer program at the University of Michigan in 2011, where he worked under former U.S. Women's National Team coach Greg Ryan and helped the Wolverines to a nine-win season.
A native of Davis, Calif., Boyden is a licensed coach through the United States Soccer Federation and also holds a National Goalkeeping Diploma through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan.