Ganc and Garcia Join Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

July 26, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Christy Ganc and Peye Garcia have been named as assistant women's soccer coaches at Loyola College head coach John Byford announced Tuesday. Byford was named the head coach in July after assisting Joe Mallia for two seasons.

Garcia comes to Loyola after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Joesph's. There he helped the Hawks to record the most wins in school history in 2003, their first ever appearance in the A-10 quarterfinals in '03 and the conference semi-finals in '04. Before coaching at St. Joe's, Garcia spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the men's soccer squad at Delaware. He has worked as a part of the region I Olympic Development Program since 2003 and has been the Under-14's Eastern Pennsylvania State Coach since '04. Prior to his ODP coaching work in Pennsylvania, Garcia worked as the U14 Delaware Sate Coach from 2001-04. He was also worked as the head coach for the FC Delco Tarheels club team this past year. Garcia spent three years as a member of the University of Massachusetts men's soccer team after transferring from Hartwick College in1996. At UMASS, he was a two-year captain and earned all-conference selection in 1997 and 1998. After leaving UMASS, Garcia spent a season playing professionally with both the Delaware Wizards (1999-00) and Western mass Pioneers (2001).

Ganc has worked as the assistant women's soccer coach at Division II Lock Haven for the past season. As a player, Ganc was a member of the St. Joseph's women's soccer team from 1999-2003 where Byford coached in 1999 and 2000. Ganc ranks second in the Hawks all-time record book in career saves and is tied for the school record for most consecutive shutouts. She was named the team's Most Valuable player in 2002, earned the scholar-athlete award from 1999-2003 and was named to the Dean's List for student-athletes five times. Ganc has worked as a goalkeeper coach for several camps and to prepare teams for tournament and regional competition.

The Greyhounds open the 2005 season on Friday, August 26 by facing East Carolina at James Madison's tournament.