|Showler Resigns From Soccer Post|
“I am incredibly grateful to the University of Idaho and its tremendous Vandal family for giving me the fantastic opportunity to lead this soccer program,” said Showler who is set to become the Sporting Director of Eastside Timbers in Portland, Ore.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time at Idaho. I am very competitive and passionate in all I do. I appreciate the sacrifices my profession has demanded of me, but now it is time to put my focus on my wife and life away from the rigors of Division I athletics and work to instill that passion in my new venture. After spending more than a decade coaching and motivating the young women I’ve been so proud to coach, I am relishing this next great opportunity afforded to me.”
Idaho went 4-16-0 this season, qualifying for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Vandals featured 11 freshmen in 2013, and lose only six to gradation.
“The soccer program accomplished many things under Pete’s leadership,” Spear said. “We are disappointed to see Pete move on, but understand the tremendous opportunity awaiting him.”
Showler leaves the program in good academic standing. The Vandals earned their third consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award in November, recording a team GPA of 3.55 in the 2012-13 season.
Showler, the longest tenured soccer coach in program history, totaled a program-best 50 wins in his nine seasons at the helm. The 2010 WAC Coach of the Year, Showler led the Vandals to a school-record 14 wins in 2010, finishing third in the WAC. The group also reached an NSCAA West Region ranking for the first time in school history, reaching No. 9 in the region. The team also was featured in TopDrawerSoccer’s Tournament 64 Rankings during the year.
Prior to Idaho, Showler spent time at as an assistant at Portland State. While coaching at PSU, Showler also filled his time as a team head coach for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development 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.
Before entering the collegiate coaching levels, Showler worked with the Olympic Development Program and Oregon Youth Soccer Association. 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.