Evergreen Women's Soccer Team welcomes new coach

July 16, 2006

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Paolo Mottola to replace the vacancy following Erik Snyder's resignation.

"Paolohas had some quality experiences in soccer andit is rare for us to have a coach with both a national 'A' license and a national goalkeeping license,"said Athletic Director Dave Weber. "Butwhat clinched it for me washis passion for the game. Every person we talkedto about him used the word and when he met with three of our players they felt it too -- that he has an enormous love for the game anda passion for teaching it".

Mottola, who has been coaching professionally since 2000, began playing soccer in Naples, Italy and credits his success and influences to the youth academies he attended while living there in the nineteen seventies. He played club and professional level soccer and when he felt his competitive options were finished, joined his successful family restaurant business for twenty years. His most recent coaching experience includes Tacoma's Lincoln high school soccer team and as the Director of Coaching of the South Hill Soccer club where he oversees the development of more than 75 coaches and nearly 1,000 youth players. He also operates Campioni Soccer Experience camps and instructs numerous talented players privately.

Paolo was impressed with what he sees at Evergreen as well.

After meeting with some of the returning players and newcomers, I'm encouraged with their energy and enthusiasm. Early on the team will understand that we must play with passion and creativity, we will be fun to watch.

Weber is excited about the enthusiasm of both Paolo and men's coach John Purtteman willingness to build a closer relationship between the women's and men's soccer programs.

"We're also looking forward to a strong connection between our men's and women's programs. Paolo and John have worked together in the past and have already talked about strengthening our summer camp offerings and ties to the soccer community throughout the South Sound."

Purtteman affirmed building a stronger working relationship between the two teams will help the athletic program and remembers the years he played at Evergreen enjoying closer ties saying, "Working with Paolo and utilizing the players of the two teams for fundraising efforts, camps and support will hopefully bring more recognition to the entire soccer program and Evergreen athletics as a whole".

Long-time assistant coach Louise Frank will remain with the women's team.

Paolo currently resides in Fircrest, WA with his wife Vicki, and his 3 children: Paolo Jr. 23, Nina 20, and Sergio, 16.