Starting his ninth season in charge of Vandal women’s soccer, Peter Showler is the longest-tenured coach in program history.
In 2012 he led one of the nation’s most experienced teams into action. The 2012 Vandal senior class became the most successful four-year group in school history, totaling 37 wins from 2009-2012 under his direction.
Showler has resurrected an Idaho program and led the team to 37 victories through the 2009-12 seasons - the highest three-year win total in school history. His 2010 Vandals qualified for the program’s first conference tournament after tying for third in the WAC with a 5-3 record, then followed it up in 2011 with a second-consecutive WAC Tournament berth and the program’s first postseason victory to advance to the WAC semifinal round.
In 2011, Idaho went 8-11-3 overall and 3-3-1 in WAC play to give the program its first back-to-back conference records of .500 or better. After a thrilling, 2-1 comeback win in the quarterfinal round over San Jose State, Idaho fell to eventual champion Utah State in the WAC semifinal. The Vandals placed two on the WAC All-Tournament team and two more on the All-WAC First Team.
Showler was voted the 2010 WAC Coach of the Year and forward Chelsea Small was selected as WAC Offensive Player of the Year after the team set numerous school records, most notably in wins as the Vandals went 14-7-0 and finished third in the WAC. The group also reached a National Soccer Coaches Association of America West Region ranking for the first time in school history with a high spot of No. 9. The team was also featured in TopDrawerSoccer’s Tournament 64 Rankings during the year.
The 2009 Vandals went 9-10 overall, and Small was named WAC Freshman of the Year and was voted first-team all-WAC - both of which were program firsts. That team also posted a 2-0 record against the state of Idaho to claim its second Governor’s Cup title since 1999. The 2010 Vandals then successfully defended the Cup with a 1-1 record against in-state competition.
Showler has led Idaho to a 46-103-9 (.320) record through eight seasons and a .470 winning percentage in the last four years. Under his direction, Idaho is 31-6-1 when they score at least two goals and has held opponents to fewer than two goals in 48 of the team’s 83 games in the last four seasons.
Showler’s coaching career began in 1989 at University of Sunderland. He was a player/coach for the Sunderland men’s first team - the equivalent of NCAA Division I - from 1989-94. In 1990, he started a women’s soccer program at the university and guided the team to a national title that same year. He was selected to serve as the English Universities Women’s National Team from 1992-94 That team was marked with success, with a Four Nations Cup during the 1993-94 season and an unbeaten record during his tenure. Showler has also worked with the men’s professional game at Everton FC, Sunderland AFC and Huddersfield Town FC.
In 1999, Showler moved to Oregon, where he took on a variety of positions in the sport over the next five years. He began as Assistant Director for Goal-Line Soccer Camps and was an Academy Coach for the FC Willamette Soccer Club in Eugene through 2001. He also was the Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the Salem United Soccer Club until 2003.
Showler’s work with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) began in 2000 as the ODP head coach. After leading his team to the 2001 regional crown, he was honored as the OYSA/Nike Coach of the Year. He worked with the Oregon ODP program through 2004. In 2002, Showler also served as a Staff Coach for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Region IV ODP team.
The 2003 season marked Showler’s first foray into the NCAA ranks when he was hired as an assistant at Portland State University, which he helped claim a 2004 Big Sky Conference title. While coaching at PSU, Showler also filled his time as a team head coach for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association ODP Program, as team head coach for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club, and as a USSF License Clinician. In 2005, Showler earned a position as a Region IV U19 Girls Assistant Coach and has since worked as Regional Head Coach for various age groups.
As a player, Showler most recently suited up for the Cascade Surge in the PDL division of the United Soccer League. He played college and semi-pro soccer in England before coming to the United States in 1999. He holds a USSF ‘A’ coaching license.
Showler earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Sunderland in 1994. He and his wife, Melissa, were married in 2007. He has one daughter, Jemma (17).