April 4, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University Head Women's Soccer Coach Patrick Baker has named Michael Crane and Matt Muia to his staff. Crane and Muia bring experience and a shared vision which will guide the Owls into Conference USA play in 2013.
"We are very excited to have Michael and Matt join our women's soccer family at Florida Atlantic University," said Baker. "They both share my vision of what our women's soccer program will become and the important steps to take in getting to the next level."
Baker added: "The part of the program that I can influence the quickest is through our coaching staff, and I am very excited about the direction we are heading in. We have three weeks left in the spring season and I know our players will benefit daily by working with these two young coaches."
Crane comes to FAU after serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach at the University of Cincinnati of the Big East Conference during the 2012 season. He helped coordinate recruiting events and prospect correspondence throughout the country.
Crane began his coaching career at Duke University as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. He helped the Blue Devils qualify for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NCAA tournaments, and goalkeeper Tara Campbell earned second-team All-ACC and All-ACC Freshman Team, while also participated in the Under-20 Nation Team Camp in 2009.
In 2010, Crane was an assistant coach at Clemson University, leading the Tigers' national recruiting and evaluation efforts. He is familiar with FAU after serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference in 2011. That season the Jaguars had a seven-win increase, the program's best record (12-5-3) in 10 years and the highest finish in the previous five conference seasons.
"Michael has been at a number of great institutions and has learned numerous things from his stops along the way," said Baker. "He is a highly respected goalkeeper trainer and we look forward to his expertise in that area."
Crane has been the director of the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School in Hartford, Connecticut, since 2006. He provides technical, tactical and physical development of goalkeepers.
As a goalkeeper, Crane helped lead the University of Indianapolis to two NCAA Division II tournament appearances and tied the school record for most shutouts in a season. He then moved onto the University of Akron, which won Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2005. Crane was also a member of the Elite 8 team at Akron in 2005.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to join Coach Baker and assist in the next chapter of the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer program," said Crane. "The opportunity at FAU for competitive excellence and student-athlete development is tremendous, and I look forward to contributing to both of these areas. It is an honor to be joining the FAU athletic department and Coach Baker's staff."
Meanwhile, Muia spent three seasons as an assistant coach at North Georgia College and State, where he played collegiately. He worked with Baker, who served as associate head coach at the University of California-Berkeley in 2012.
"Matt has given up a number of things to join our staff as the volunteer coach and I am grateful for his commitment," said Baker. "He wants to make coaching his profession and has done a tremendous job these past four weeks with the team."
Muia has worked summer camps at the University of Georgia, Duke University and Santa Clara University.
"Being on the staff at Florida Atlantic University with Coach Baker is a great honor," said Muia. "I am eagerly looking forward to the impact and success we bring to the FAU women's soccer program."