Creighton Goalkeeper Coach
Academy Goalkeeper Trainer
Former Bluejay goalkeeper Michael Gabb completed his third season as Creighton’s goalkeeping coach. Gabb returned to Omaha to take over as an assistant for the Creighton men’s soccer team prior to the 2016 season.
A member of the 2018 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, Gabb helped guide freshman Paul Kruse to All-BIG EAST Second Team and unanimous All-Conference freshman team accolades. Kruse held a 0.64 goals against average while playing every minute of his freshman season, which ranks fifth-best in program history and second-best for a Bluejay freshman (1,000 minutes minimum). He also recorded seven shutouts and 52 saves.
The 2017 Bluejay squad posted seven shutouts and held opponents to one goal or less a total of 10 times.
Gabb helped Alex Kapp earn NSCAA All-America and BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year honors following the 2016 season as the senior transfer tallied seven shutouts and a 0.84 goals against average during his only season at Creighton. Atlanta United FC drafted Kapp during fourth round of the 2017 MLS Draft.
As a player, Gabb spent five seasons with the Bluejays from 1998-2002 while playing for Bret Simon (1998-2000) and Bob Warming (2001-02). In 2007 he returned to his alma mater and spent one season as an assistant under Warming.
Prior to returning to Omaha, Gabb served as the director of goalkeeping at the Colorado Rush Soccer Club for five years, and spent two seasons as the goalkeeper coach for Metropolitan State University in Denver. He helped guide the Roadrunners to a 13-4-2 record and 1.12 goals against average in 2015.
He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Winthrop University in 2005-06. Additionally, he served as Director of Coaching at the Discoveries Soccer Club while attending school in Rock Hill, S.C.
Gabb earned his master’s in business and leadership from Winthrop in 2007.
He is no stranger to working in the Omaha community. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Gabb served as an assistant coach at Bellevue University. He also served as the supervisor of the Millard Soccer Center, the Arsenal Soccer Club goalkeeping director and founded and directed the Nebraska Goalkeeping Academy.
During his collegiate playing career, Gabb helped lead the Bluejays to the College Cup twice, including the 2000 College Cup Final. In 2000, he set school records with 2,279 minutes in goal and 21 victories, while playing for Simon. The Bluejays won a program-best 22 matches during the 2000 season.
As a senior (2002), Gabb played every minute in goal, and led Creighton to its second College Cup appearance in three seasons. He earned Second Team All-MVC honors after accumulating a 0.96 goals against average and an 18-4-2 record.
Gabb owns the fourth-most wins (41) all-time as a Creighton goalkeeper and the second-best winning percentage (.802).
The Bluejays won three Missouri Valley Conference tournament championships and made it to the NCAA Tournament each season during his time as a player.
Following graduation from Creighton in 2002, Gabb played professionally with the Syracuse Salty Dogs in the United Soccer League for one season.
An Omaha native, Gabb earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business from Creighton in 2002. Gabb and his wife Bethany have two children, Jackson and Asher.