Former Gonzaga University men’s soccer player Christo Michaelson is set to rejoin the team, this time as an assistant coach.

"Showing up on campus was a very emotional experience for me," Michaelson said in a press release. “The soccer program feels like home and has had a massive impact in my life.”

During his four years as a player at GU, Michaelson scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in 60 appearances at the midfield position. In 2017, his senior year, he paced the Zags with four goals and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team.

The Oregon native also spent time with the Portland Timbers U-23 team, where he played under GU head coach Aaron Lewis. 

"We are thrilled to add Christo here this Fall," Lewis said. “In addition to being a Gonzaga alum, I immensely value his energetic approach, commitment to a team centered culture, and read for the modern game."

Michaelson’s coaching experience features an OSAA Championship in 2018, when he helped lead Jesuit HS (Portland) from the sidelines. He was also involved in Corban University’s conference title run this last spring.

Michaelson will get his first experience as a GU assistant coach Aug. 17 when the Bulldogs take on Carroll College in an exhibition. The regular season will kick off Aug. 26 at home against UNLV. 

Cole Forsman is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @CGForsman

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