Nate Boyden is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's soccer program.
Boyden played college soccer at UC-Santa Barbara from 2001-05, graduating with degree in psychology, and a minor in sport management. On the field, he was a two-time All-Big West selection, and was the 2005 Big West Student-Athlete of the Year. He helped lead the Gauchos to a runner-up finish in 2004, and conference championships in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
In 2006, Boyden broke into the professional ranks, playing for the Seattle Sounders in the United States Soccer Leagues, and as a reserve for Chivas USA of the MLS. He was named the 2007 Community Player of the Year with the Sounders. In 2009, he played for Rostock FC, a semi-professional team in Rostock, Germany.
Boyden has also coached in several different areas. He has worked camps, first for UC-Santa Barbara (2002-05) and later for Michigan (2009-10), and with the Seattle Sounders (2006-07). He was also an assistant coach at San Marcos Boys High School from 2005-06, and was coach of the Shoreline FC U-16 and U-17 age groups from 2007-08.
Boyden is currently studying for his PhD in the psychology program at Michigan, with a concentration in cognition and cognitive neuroscience.