Coaching Staff

Chris Garcia-Prats

Head Men's Soccer Coach

  • 2002 graduate of Trinity University
  • The 2018 season will be coach Garcia-Prats 11th year as head coach
  • He has led the Norse to an overall record of 118-62-22, 50-23 in the Iowa Conference
  • During his tenure his teams have won three Iowa Conference championships (2011, 2013, 2017) and have made three appearances in the NCAA III National Tournament (2011- round of 16, 2013, 2016)
  • In 2013 the Norse were ranked nationally as high as No. 6 with a final ranking of No. 22; in 2014 they Norse spent five weeks in the national rankings with a high at No. 7; in 2016 Luther finished the year ranked No. 23
  • He has coached student-athletes who have earned three All-American honors, 34 all-conference honors and 14 all-Region honors
  • Twice his coaching staff has been named Iowa Conference Coaching Staff of the Year (2011, 2017)
  • In 2011 he was also named NSCAA North Region Coach of the Year
  • Prior to Luther, he served as the assistant men's soccer coach and recruiting coordinator at Trinity University. During this stretch Trinity University made six NCAA Tournament appearances and three semifinal appearances, winning the national championship in 2003, and finishing second in 2007
  • He also served has a head coach for the Classics Elite Soccer Academy in San Antonio and an Olympic Development Program state coach for the South Texas Region since 2004
  • During his playing days, he started 86 of 87 games serving as a two-year captain
  • Four-time Southern Collegiate Athletic all-conference honoree. Also was an NSCAA All-Region selection in 2000
  • Played on two SCAC Championship teams and two NCAA National Tournament teams
  • During his four-year career, Trinity University posted a record of 74-10-2

James Garcia-Prats

Assistant Soccer Coach

  • 2014 graduate of Luther College - B.A. - Sociology
  • The 2018 campaign will be his fifth year as assistant coach
  • Made 79 appearances while helping lead Norse to two Iowa Conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA III National Tournament
  • Tallied 13 goals and 22 assists during his career
  • Two-time NCAA III All-American at midfield
  • Three-time all-Iowa Conference selection
  • Three-time all-Region selection
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholar
  • Also serves as Decorah High School Boys Head Soccer Coach in the spring

Ryan Martin

Assistant Coach - Goalkeepers

    • 2008 graduate of Waldorf College
    • 2018 will be his third year as Luther's goalkeeper coach
    • Decorah High School boys assistant coach - 2009-11
    • Waldorf College men's head coach - 2011-15
    • During his playing days he was a four-year starter and served as team captain for two years
    • Named Waldorf Defender of the Year - 2007
    • Holds several Waldorf College goalkeeping records

    Nigel Nielsen

    Assistant Coach

    • 2017 graduate of Luther College with a degree in Environmental Studies
    • 2018 will be Nigel's first year as an assistant coach
    • Four-year letter winner during his playing career
    • Helped lead Norse to an Iowa Conference title (2013) and two NCAA III National Tournament appearance (2013, 2016)
    • Made 69 appearances that included 41 starts during his career and finished with 39 career points
    • Two-time all-conference honoree (2015, 2016)
    • Named all-region his senior year (2016)

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