Miguel Guante Joins NMSU Women's Soccer Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – First-year head coach Rob Baarts has named Miguel Guante as his assistant for the upcoming 2018 season Monday afternoon.

“Miguel will bring not only a wealth of experience in coaching women’s soccer, his style will fit our Aggie style of play as he comes from the same mentor in Clive Charles,” Baarts said. “Finding someone as an assistant like Miguel, who you trust completely, will be such an incredible addition to our program. He is not only a great coach, but an even better person. The young women will love his easy going, fun personality, yet competitive coaching style. I look forward to Miguel and his family joining our Aggie family.”

He comes to Las Cruces after spending the 2017 season at his alma mater, the University of Portland. Prior to his return to UP, the Fort Huachuca, Ariz., native served as the head coach for the Lincoln High School girls’ varsity team from 2013-17 with stops at Valley Catholic High School and Central Catholic High School as well.

Gaunte played for Baarts during his time with the Pilots as an assistant (2002-05) and helped guide the team to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs three of his four years. The 5-9 midfielder was also a four-time All-West Coast Conference honoree while at UP and finished his career with six goals and six assists.

He was also a member of the Olympic Development Program Region IV Team (2000-02), Arizona ODP. During that same time span, Guante was a member of the U-18 National Team from 2001-02 after spending time with the U-17 National Team pool from 2000-01.

He went on to play professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS) for FC Dallas, Miami FC and the Portland Timbers.

After his professional career, Guante served as the ECNL Assistant Director while coaching at FC Portland from (2003-17) where he helped development and coach one of the nation’s top clubs for over a decade. During that span, Guante coached several players to NCAA Division I programs as well as the U.S. Youth National Team Camps.