Please welcome Susan Bush Quill as ESD's next program leader and head varsity coach for girls' soccer. She will also serve as the Lower School Sports Fellowship Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Director.
"Susan brings tremendous experience to our athletic and wellness team," said Dan Gill, Director of Athletics. "Undoubtedly, Susan will be an excellent role model for our student-athletes having earned success at the highest levels. As a graduate of St. John's Episcopal in Houston, Susan has a firm understanding of independent school education and fully supports our mission."
For 15 years, Coach Quill has led soccer programs in the Houston area. She comes to ESD from her alma mater of St. John's, this year's SPC champions. Always contenders, her teams at St. John's have not entered SPC lower than #2 seed for all five years. Prior to St. John's, Susan spent ten years coaching soccer at the University of Houston and the Kinkaid School. She was selected as Conference USA's Coach of the Year, leading the Cougars to their best record in the program's history. Under her direction, Kinkaid achieved #1 seed in the SPC South.
Susan was a captain and three-time national champion for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, a two-time Hermann Trophy finalist, a member of the United States Women's National Soccer Team, and World Cup/Olympic alternate. She played professional soccer for the San Diego Spirit. In high school, Susan was a multi-sport athlete and, for soccer, was named Parade All-American National Player of the Year as well as Teen and Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Month. Soccer America named her 1999's top recruit in the nation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from UNC and a Master of Education and Sports Management from the University of Houston.
Coach Quill looks forward to building upon the foundation of success affirmed by Coach Mike Renshaw, who announced his retirement prior to the 2018-19 soccer season.
"We are excited to welcome Susan and her family to our community here at ESD," continued Gill. "I have tremendous faith in her vision and the prospects of continued success within our program under her leadership."