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Green Mountain College taps Steese to lead men’s soccer program

POULTNEY - Green Mountain College Director of Athletics Keith Bosley announced on Wednesday the hiring of Peter Steese as the new Men's Head Soccer Coach. Steese becomes the sixth coach in the 33-year history of the program.

"We are extremely fortunate to be able to add one of New England's most respected and highly experienced coaches to our staff at Green Mountain," said Bosley. "The community will greatly benefit from his ability as both a coach and an educator."

Steese joins the Green Mountain program after a successful 23-year career at Colby-Sawyer College in which he amassed a record of 187-213-18. As part of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) since 1995 and then the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) since 2011, Steese's teams have only once missed the post-season while claiming three championship appearances, one championship and one East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament appearance.

Coach Steese has served two three-year terms as Chair of the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Honors Committee and as TCCC liaison to the NCAA Division III Selection Committee. He has also been on the ECAC selection committee for seven years. For 23 years Steese has been a consistent presence in the New Hampshire Olympic Development program. In addition to his work on the national development scene, Steese also founded the Unitor Soccer School in 1990 and the Greater Kearsarge Soccer Club in 1996.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Maryland, Steese played for the Munich campus team before joining the Terps in his junior and senior seasons en route to a berth in the national championships. After graduating, he enjoyed a brief career with the Baltimore Hellenics, a semi-professional soccer club based in Maryland.

Steese holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National B license. He earned a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland in German Literature.

Coach Steese will continue his career within the NAC with familiar colleagues, such as Dave DeCew the head coach at New England College. "Peter puts his teams in good positions, pushes them and challenges them with their best interests in mind," said DeCew.  "He is a pure professional and his passion for the game is quite evident."

Adam Perron, a former Colby-Sawyer player and now the head coach at Bridgton Academy, said the GMC players will greatly benefit from Steese's extensive expertise. "Coach Steese has an outstanding work ethic and is very constructive in how he works with his players," said Perron.  "He is always approachable and genuinely seeks to develop his players both on the field and in the class while ensuring they stay involved in the community and on campus.

Steese is anxious to begin at Green Mountain this fall. "I am looking forward to meeting and getting familiar with the returning and incoming players," said Steese. "After assessing the team, we will start to prepare to meet the challenges that await us in the competition ahead."