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Meet the Coaching Staff

By LUFC Media, 04/24/19, 1:00PM PDT


Lane United's 2019 coaching staff has been finalized. With the departure of former head coach John Galas to FC Tucson, the Reds will have a new look on the bench this season. The coaching staff for 2019 is as follows:

Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Conner Cappelletti
Conner grew up playing soccer all over the country. Originally from Tennessee, Conner has lived in Germany, Seattle, Alabama, Indiana, and Kansas City. Conner played Division I soccer in the Horizon League at Valparaiso University, in the PDL with the Indiana Invaders and Kansas City Brass, and has three international caps for Guam. He currently holds a USSF National “B” Coaching License. Coach Cappelletti made an appearance for Lane United FC in 2013 during their inaugural game against the Portland Timbers U-23 squad, and served as LUFC Assistant Coach from 2014 until being promoted to Head Coach earlier this year.

“For the past five years it has mostly just been John and myself as the coaching staff," said Cappelletti. "This year we have added four reputable and talented coaches who, in addition to having great coaching experience, have very successful playing backgrounds, from NCAA Division 1, to the MLS, and the National Team. Our players will really be able to learn a lot from them, and I am excited to get out on the training pitch.”

First Assistant - Chace Zanaty
Chace Zanaty is an Alabama native who currently coaches in Denver for the Colorado Rush Boys DA program. Chace played college soccer with Coach Cappelletti at Wallace State CC and at Valparaiso University. After winning multiple state titles with Birmingham United Soccer Association and John Carroll Catholic HS, he moved to Colorado to push himself further in his coaching career. “Being part of Lane United FC is a great step in my career and a chance to test myself at a higher level," said Zanaty. "Being around some of the top front office management and players in the country on a daily basis will be a fantastic experience and an honor to work with. Conner and I have always wanted to work together since we started our careers, and it’s incredible how even with the different paths we have done within the same career, we have proven ourselves enough to have a chance to coach together in USL League Two”.

Goalkeeper Coach - Colin McMillen
Colin is a graduate of South Eugene High School where he was named All League in '91, '92, and '93, and State Honorable Mention in '92, and 2nd Team All State in '93. McMillen then went on to Oregon State University where he starred between the sticks for the Beavers and for two seasons in the PDL for the Willamette Valley Firebirds. Between 2002 and 2006, Colin put together an impressive coaching resume, leading the South Eugene High School boys to a Co-State Championship and four Southwestern Conference Championships. He also served as Oregon State University Men’s and Women's Goalkeeper Coach between '02 and '04.

Strikers Coach - Nate Jaqua
Also a graduate of South Eugene High School, Nate played college soccer at the University of Portland for three seasons before being drafted into the MLS by the Chicago Fire in 2002. He spent the next 9 years playing professionally with the Fire, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, SC Riendorf Altach (Austrian 1st Division) and the Seattle Sounders. He was an MLS All-star in 2006 while with the Fire and in 2007 he helped the Dynamo win the MLS championship. Nate also has 3 caps with the US National Team. He has spent the last 2 1/2 years coaching within the Eugene Timbers Futbol Club. 

Assistant Coach - Bryan Garay
Bryan is starting his coaching career after a successful and well-traveled playing career which includes stints with the Timbers U23’s, Nicaragua U23’s, Western Nevada FC, as a training player for Real Monarchs and Reno 1868, and indoor with the Turlock Express of the MASL. He has so far coached with the Washington Timbers and the Portland State Men's Team as well as private sessions at all levels from youth to the USL Championship. Brian has contagious enthusiasm for the game and the club, and brings a real player's perspective to the 2019 Lane United FC coaching staff.