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Rob Karas- Head Coach for the University of Utah Men's Soccer

Coach Karas is entering his 2nd year as Head Coach for the University of Utah Men's Team. 

As a player, Coach Karas grew up in Salt Lake and was a 2-Time High School First Team Player.  At the age of 15, Rob decided to test the waters of England and tried out with the professional teams: Ipswich Town FC, Cambridge United, and Colchester United.  He came back and was a member of the U17 Western Regional Olympic Team. 

Upon graduating from Taylorsville High School he went on to play Division 1 Soccer with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

As a professional player he played with the Arizona Sandsharks of CISL, Canton Invaders and Chicago Power of the NPSL, the Baton Rouge Bombers of EISL, and the Utah Freezz of WISL.  In addition, he played with the Utah Blitzz that won the D3 USL National Championship in 2001.

As a coach, he has held many positions including former club director for Utah Soccer Alliance and Jackson Hole Youth Soccer.  He was also State Technical Director for Wyoming.  He was also Head Coach for the PDL team Ogden Outlaws.  He was also Camp Director and Reserve Trainer for Real Salt Lake. 

One of his passions is to learn about soccer and he has travelled around the world spending time learning and observing with clubs including as Ajax, PSV, Harlaam, and Heracles in Holland, Chelsea,Birmingham, and Wolverhampton in England, Barcelona in Spain,  AC Milan, Cheivo Verona, and Atalanta in Italy, and last year spent time in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon and Benefica. 

He currently works with several professional and collegiate players during the off-season to get them ready for upcoming season.

He has received several coaching licenses including USSF A License, NSCAA International Premier (received in England), NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, USSF National Youth License, and USSF National Goalkeeping License.  

In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, hiking with his dogs, cooking and watching soccer.  


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