Geovanny Salinas
Title: Capital Soccer Goalkeepers Coach

Geovanny Salinas enters his fourth season as men’s soccer goalkeeping coach and second with the women's team. His impact was felt in his first season with the men's team in 2016 with national rankings coming to both the team and the Crusaders’ starting goaltender. That impact was felt further as the goalkeepers earned more recognition and the men's team won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 2017 and won another in 2018.

The 2017 season was a banner year for Capital Men's Soccer and their goaltending. The team won 13 games, five in the OAC, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Capital defeated Dominican University (Ill.) in the first round of the tournament 2-1 in double-overtime. Starting goalkeeper Justin Niswonger shined in his senior season, earning OAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Niswonger also earned a spot on the All-OAC First Team, the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team and was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American.

In 2016, the Crusaders accumulated a 14-4-2 overall record and spent time in two sets of national rankings, in large part due to its strong goaltender play. The Crusaders also posted the longest winning (10) and unbeaten (14) streaks in recorded program history. In this season, Niswonger excelled and spent multiple weeks ranked No. 1 in the country in save percentage and goals-against average. Niswonger went on to be named Second Team All-OAC and All-Ohio following the season.

On the women's side in 2018, Salinas helped Kelly Bachmann emerge as one of the best young starting goalkeepers in the OAC, coaching her to a 10-5 record with a 1.05 goals against average in 17 games played. Bachmann also recorded five shutouts. Men's goalkeeper Logan Weidman was named All-OAC Honorable Mention in 2018 in his first season as a starter.

Born and raised playing professional soccer in Ecuador, Salinas made his way to the United States first as the GK coach at Kean University before moving into the professional ranks of coaching with New York Imperials of the American League and then moving up to the NY/NJ Metro stars of MLS. Five years later, Salinas moved to the Midwest and since has worked with numerous high school and club programs while establishing his own academy. Geosas Goalkeeper Academy remains one of the top goalkeeping academies in Ohio.