Long-time Soccer Coach to Step Down

Rachel Eckstein
After dedicating eleven years of coaching soccer at St. Mary's School, girls' soccer Head Coach Dave Potter has decided to step down. Coach Potter leaves the St. Mary's Crusaders with an impressive record. His overall record of 149-30-1 (overall conference record: 106-5–1) led him to eleven conference championships and impressive bids to state. He coached his teams to the State Tournament every year since 2008, making the finals in 2010; the semifinals in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018; and the quarterfinals in 2008, 2014, and 2016.

Coach Potter was a force on the record books, but it was his character building that really set him apart. St. Mary's Athletic Director, Jamie Young, shares "Coach Potter brought out the best in the young people he coached at St. Mary's. While his teams accumulated a tremendous number of wins and league championships, the example he set for his teams as a person may be his most enduring legacy."

While saying goodbye to a Crusader Coach is always difficult, St. Mary's is pleased to announce the new girls' soccer Head Coach will be former St. Mary's soccer player and current teacher Martin Nelson.

Coach Nelson graduated from St. Mary's in 2007 where he played varsity soccer all four years and won state in 2003. He continued to play throughout college, and afterwards ventured overseas where he played both professionally and semi-professionally in Romania, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. He was previously head coach for the girls soccer program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. Since then he has coached boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Coach Nelson recently returned to the Rogue Valley to teach Latin and Medieval History at St. Mary's. This last year he worked with the St. Mary's boys' soccer team alongside Eisa Tia-Tutu in their semi-final 2018 season.

Mr. Young anticipates a good fit as Coach Nelson readies to take on the position. "Martin Nelson is going to do a great job taking over the girls soccer program," Young shares, "as a St. Mary's alum, he appreciates the valuable role athletics can play in a young person's life. We are fortunate to have Coach Nelson leading our girls' program. "
There will be a brief informational meeting on March 21st at 6:30PM that will cover the upcoming summer schedule, a glimpse at the 2019 season, and also give the players and parents a chance to meet the new coach. St. Mary's is thrilled to welcome Coach Nelson to his new role.