FARIBAULT, MINN. - The beginning of a new season for any sports team will always bring with it a number of changes, and this season for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys Soccer Center of Excellence, three new coaches will be the biggest change within the program.
Taking the lead of the oldest team, Scott Bowers joins Shattuck-St. Mary’s as the Boys U19 head coach. Bowers, who joins the Sabres after three years as the men’s soccer assistant coach at West Virginia University, brings a wealth of experience from the youth, collegiate, and national levels. In addition, he holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License, United States Soccer Federation National Goalkeeping License, and a NSCAA Level I, II Goalkeeping License.
“I chose to coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s because it gives me the opportunity to develop players within the holistic environment that is created for them both on and off the field,” said Bowers.
SSM alum Hollie Gray ‘11 joins Bowers on the U19 staff as the assistant coach. Gray spent three years at SSM and was a member of the first SSM DA team before he joined the men’s soccer program at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Following graduation, he stayed with Luther College as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program. Gray will also assist with the U16 team at SSM.
“I chose to return to SSM because this is where I truly developed as a player and as a person,” said Gray. “I felt it was only right to give back to the place that gave me so much.”
Nick Cook rounds out the new coaching staff as the assistant coach for both the U17 and U16 teams. Cook, who hails from Houston, Texas, comes to SSM from the University of St. Thomas - Houston where he served as captain of the men’s soccer team. Prior to his position at SSM, Cook worked with the Dynamo Juniors soccer program in Houston.
“I can’t think of anything more rewarding than getting to help mold ambitious young people from wonderful backgrounds into what they dream of being through a day-to-day grind. It’s not an easy job, but it is a very rewarding one,” said Cook.
SSM Director of Boys Soccer, Sean Bushey, is pleased about his coaching staff additions. “We are excited to add Scott, Hollie, and Nick. They each bring unique qualities that strengthen our program; whether it is Scott and his years of experience at the collegiate and youth levels, or it’s Hollie bringing the experience as a SSM student-athlete and his playing, education and coaching experience since, or it’s Nick and his very own youth experience of living away from home and playing in the DA, these three coaches will serve our players very well. Collectively, they bring a positive energy that has already shown through in the office and on the field. We are so very happy to add each of them to Shattuck-St. Mary’s and to our soccer program!”