2017 Men's Soccer
Record: 2-3 Home: 2-0 Away: 0-3 MWC: 0-0
2017 Men's Soccer Coaches
Nate Grosse Image
Nate Grosse
Head Coach- 4th Season

Nate Grosse (pronounced GROW-see) has Cornell's men's soccer program on the rise since taking the reins as head coach in December 2013.

Grosse's 2016 Rams (8-6-4 overall) achieved the program's first winning season since 1991 and tied the school record for wins in a season. The team gathered three Midwest Conference Performer of the Week awards and fielded its first all-MWC selection in 10 years.   

The Rams won six matches in Grosse's first two seasons, doubling the total of the four seasons combined prior to his arrival.

Grosse, a native of Omaha, Neb., was an assistant on Cornell's men’s soccer staff during the 2013 fall season.

Prior to his arrival in Mount Vernon, Grosse spent seven years coaching and teaching at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill. He was head varsity boys’ soccer coach for three seasons, winning two Chicago Catholic League championships (2011, 2012) and claiming a regional title in 2012.

Grosse was named Chicago Catholic League Soccer Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. His 2012 squad advanced to a sectional final (round of 16) in the Illinois High School State Tournament.

Grosse carries more than 15 years of soccer coaching experience. He headed a high school program in Lima, Peru, from 2001-03, prior to serving as instructor for the Creighton University Soccer Academy (2000-01). Grosse has coached club soccer in Chicago and around the Midwest.

Grosse played one season at Truman State University (1997-98), and then went on to the University of Nebraska Omaha where he was a three-year starter on its club team. Grosse was a member of the Omaha Burke High School team that reached the state finals four consecutive years (1994-97).

Grosse earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2005. He owns a National D Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation and is a current member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Grosse has earned an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma-Distinguished Pass as well as NSCAA Special Topics Diplomas.

Grosse and his wife, Loli, reside in Lisbon with their four young children.  

Julian Peota Image
Julian Peota
Assistant Coach- 4th Season

Peota, a  former all-conference player with the Rams, joined Nate Grosse’s coaching staff in 2014.

Peota earned four varsity letters and started more than 90 percent of the matches during his soccer career at Cornell. A two-year team captain, Peota was named Honorable Mention All-Iowa Conference his senior season after leading the Rams in goals scored.

Peota graduated from Cornell in 2012 with a double major in environmental science and geology.

A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Peota spent the 2013-14 school year teaching in Thailand. He taught English to elementary students. Peota also played and coached soccer during his time overseas.

“As a former player, I know what it takes for players to develop, especially in a unique environment like Cornell where the block plan and small residential campus challenge the limits of the student-athletes,” Peota said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be back at Cornell, to coach and develop the program for current and future players so they can have the same positive experiences.”   

Rainer Pires Image
Rainer Pires
Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Baltazar Mosqueda Lara Image
Baltazar Mosqueda Lara
Manager- 3rd Season

Mosqueda Lara, a senior student at Cornell, is in his third season with the men’s soccer program as team manager.

Mosqueda Lara played four years at St. Laurence High School, graduating there in 2011. The Burbank, Ill., native then was an assistant coach for four years at St. Laurence, where he also served as the team’s public address announcer.

Mosqueda Lara has officiated soccer matches the past five years, the last three through the Illinois High School Association. He is owner of Freseros FC, an indoor soccer club team based in Chicago, Ill.

Mosqueda Lara is pursuing a major in sociology. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.

“I am excited to be working with the men’s soccer program,” Mosqueda Lara said. “Most importantly, it’s a privilege to be a first generation student continuing my education at Cornell.”