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Included on this page you will find information regarding upcoming activities involving the St. Mary's Academy Athletic Department.
St. Mary's Academy Welcomes Coach Nelson Larson!
St. Mary's Academy is proud to announce the recent hiring of Nelson Larson to lead the Blues soccer program. Coach Larson comes to St. Mary’s with an extensive background in soccer as a coach, player and club administrator. He is currently the director of youth programs at Portland City United (PCU) soccer club where he has worked since 2002; serving the club in several roles including curriculum development, marketing, website administrator, registrar and coach.
Larson holds a US Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” license and spent the first 7 years of his coaching at the collegiate level; 7 years at Willamette and 1 year at Lewis & Clark College. At Lewis & Clark he was an assistant in the women’s program and at Willamette he spent 2 years as an assistant before being promoted to head their men’s soccer program. Additionally, he has coached both girls and boys in the Oregon Olympic Development Program (ODP), Tualatin Indoor Soccer Tots program and at PCU.
As a player, he competed for Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where he was selected as an all-conference player three years and prepped at East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he was a member of a state championship team and earned all-state honors.
Coach Larson looks forward to working with the Blues returning and incoming soccer student-athletes in June when the summer soccer workouts begin at Buckman Field in NE Portland. Follow this link to find out details on the summer soccer activities at SMA!