Aug. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh head men’s soccer coach Joe Luxbacher has announced the addition of Hunter Gilstrap and Csaba Feher to the Panthers’ staff.
Gilstrap, the starting goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Professional Division, joins the squad as an assistant coach.
Most recently, Gilstrap coached the goalkeepers for the men's and women's teams at Carnegie Mellon University and started the Riverhounds Goalkeeper Academy.
“These are two very successful individuals in the soccer community,” said Luxbacher. “Hunter is an accomplished player who has competed at the professional level for several years, and will undoubtedly bring out the best in our goalkeepers. He knows the position and understands what is required to become an elite goalkeeper. I am sure our players will respond positively to Hunter and will be better for it.”
Gilstrap was the 13th overall pick and first goalkeeper selected in the 2006 USL-1 (not USL Pro) draft by Miami FC. He transferred to the expansion Cleveland City Stars in 2007, collecting 1,080 minutes in goal in 12 matches. Gilstrap recorded six shutouts en route to the USL-2 GAA Champion award (formerly the Goalkeeper of the Year).
The 6-3 goalkeeper helped the Stars reach the USL Second Division Championship in 2008. He totaled 720 minutes in eight matches, recording a goals against average (GAA) of 1.125 with three shutouts. Gilstrap played the 2008-09 offseason with the Maritzburg United of the South African Premier Soccer League.
He arrived in Pittsburgh in 2010 and made an immediate impact with the Riverhounds, capturing All-League honors and earning the USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year Award. He led the league that same season in minutes (1620), matches played (18) and was second in shutouts (6), saves (74) and GAA (1.0).
The Lexington, S.C. native played three seasons at Clemson University, appearing in 21 matches with four shutouts. After graduating from Clemson in August 2005, Gilstrap played his final season of eligibility at the College of Charleston. He appeared in 19 games for the Cougars, recording 61 saves with a 1.03 GAA.
Joining the Pitt program in a volunteer coaching role is Feher. The Budapest, Hungary native has over 22 years coaching experience on the high school, club, Olympic Development Program (ODP) and professional level.
“Csaba brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our staff. He is a student of the game and is deeply involved in the development of young players throughout Western Pennsylvania,” said Luxbacher. “I believe that Csaba and I view the game in a similar manner, and I consider him to a valuable addition to our staff. Our players will benefit from his coaching and expertise.”
Feher, a former semi-professional player in Hungary and Austria, is an active member of the Region I ODP staff and a former youth development director for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He previously coached at Riverside High School (leading the team to the Section 4-AAA championship in 2006) and also served as associate director of coaching at the PA West Soccer Association.
Feher holds the United State Soccer Federation “A” and “National Youth” Licenses. He and his wife, Agnes, are the parents of three children: Orsolya (27), Bence (23) and Matyas (19).