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Rickard Named Head Boys Soccer Coach

Mark Rickard, assistant coach for the SGS boys’ soccer team the past three years, will become the team’s head coach this fall after Heidi Melville steps down from that role. “I hope to carry on the winning ways of this team that was the WIAA Team of the Decade in boys soccer for 2010-19,” says Mark. “I’ll take everything I’ve learned from Heidi and be a good steward of this team to continue it’s championship tradition.”

Mark coached a total of eight years under Heidi, including their most recent State 2B title in 2019. “We return a very strong core of players who had plenty of varsity minutes,” says Mark, who also teaches PE and Leadership classes at SGS, advises the ASB, and will take on Dean of Students duties in the fall. “I’m excited about this coming year after a challenging 2021,” he says.

Gunn Signs to Play Soccer at Tufts

Senior James Gunn signed to play soccer at Tufts University in Massachusetts in a ceremony on May 19 that featured kind words from SGS Boys Soccer Coach Heidi Melville. The Tufts “Jumbos” reached the Elite Eight in Division III men’s soccer last fall. See a Photo Gallery of the event in the Dragon Room with friends and family.

Track & Field Teams Headed to State Meet

The Dragons’ track and field boys’ and girls’ teams compete at the 2B State Championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney on May 26-28. See a Photo Gallery of them at the District Qualifier Meet in Chewelah on May 10 taken by Chase Foster ’22.

Melville to Step Down from Coaching Boys Soccer

Heidi Melville has decided to leave her position as Head Boys Soccer Coach and focus on her teaching role at SGS this fall. “Though I’ve loved teaching in the Lower School and coaching these past two years, I have been stretched pretty thin,” she said in a recent email to the SGS soccer team and families. “In order to give teaching and my students the time and energy I need, I have to let the coaching side of me go.”

Heidi directed the SGS boys’ soccer team to multiple State Championships, most recently in 2019. “Coaching has been a part of my life since I was in college. I have spent the last fifteen years with this program and have absolutely LOVED the life-long relationships I have formed. I am grateful to all of my players and their families for weaving such beautiful images into the fabric of my life.”

She also has been an assistant coach with the girls’ basketball team, coached track and field athletes, and coached a 5th grade basketball team during her time at Saint George’s. Heidi will continue coaching 5th grade basketball while she focuses on teaching 4th grade in the fall.

Outdoor Pursuits Class Explores Campus

The Upper School’s Outdoor Pursuits class learned to use a compass and read topographic maps recently, then they divided up into three teams for an orienteering challenge to find 10 markers located along the Little Spokane River and up in the woods above campus. See photo galleries of them Learning to Use a Compass with Outdoor Director Melanie Mildrew and racing around in the Orienteering Challenge (urged on by Health & Fitness Instructor Jim Tuck’s dog Trusty).