Jesse Urquhart has been at the helm of the Saint Mary's soccer program since the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
Urquhart came to Saint Mary’s with coaching experience at the club, men’s collegiate, and women’s collegiate levels. After finishing his collegiate playing career, Urquhart first began coaching at Neumann University in Pennsylvania as an assistant men’s coach for the Knights. He developed and ran training sessions, was in charge of managing the team’s fundraising, budgeting, and equipment needs, and served as a recruiting coordinator for the program from 2008 to 2014. During that time, Urquhart gained additional experience while also coaching at Camden County College in New Jersey as well as at the New Jersey Rush and Highland Youth Soccer Club. Two of the New Jersey Rush girls club teams he worked with were state champions in the 2014 season.
In the fall of 2014, he started a two-year stint as the graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Defiance College in Ohio. In that capacity, he coordinated the recruiting efforts, monitored academic study sessions, organized fundraisers, arranged the team’s travel plans, and advanced the program through film breakdown and analysis. While at Defiance, Urquhart coached U15 boys, U16 boys, and U18 girls at Valentis Athletica Soccer Club out of Bowling Green, Ohio.
In his first season with the Belles, seven soccer student-athletes earned MIAA Academic Honor Roll status by maintaining at 3.5 GPA or above for the academic year. Moreover, the team was honored with the MIAA Team GPA Award after holding a 3.389 cumulative GPA for 2016-17. Seven student-athletes garnered MIAA Academic Honor Roll distinctions in 2017 as the Belles repeated on the MIAA Team GPA Award list with a 3.333 GPA. The 2018 squad posted the most wins since the 2014 campaign.
As a collegiate athlete, Urquhart competed at Camden County College and Neumann University. In his final two years of eligibility at Neumann, he set school records in goals in a season, points in a season, game-winning goals in a season, and assists in a season.
Urquhart earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Neumann University in 2009 and just recently completed a master’s degree in education with a concentration in sports coaching from Defiance College. He holds both a United States Soccer Federation National “C” license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeper Level 1 diploma.