Soccer - Women's Varsity
Head Coach: Hector Cano
Assistant Coaches: Brian Kaestner, Spencer Valdespino
Women's Soccer Program Overview
Playing women’s soccer at Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) signifies becoming a member of a soccer family with a long distinguished tradition of success both on the soccer field as well as in the classroom. SMH fields both a highly competitive women’s varsity team and developmental junior varsity team. Both are members of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and compete within the Division I (6A), District 3 classification. In addition, SMH offers an all-girls Middle School soccer team that competes within the Independent Schools Athletic League (ISAL) of San Antonio as well as a co-ed Lower School soccer program that competes as a member of the San Antonio Christian Athletic League (SACAL).
Our Mission: “Create a culture of Building Champions on and off the field by fostering an environment that embraces the standard of teamwork and excellence in everything we do, every day.”
Our Vision: To leave a lasting legacy of integrity, servant leadership, and success by building the SMH Soccer Brand and making SMH Soccer the premier private school soccer program in the region and among the most respected in the state of Texas.
The SMH women’s soccer program is identified as one of the oldest, private or public, soccer programs in the state of Texas. With highly talented and experienced student-athletes, dedicated coaches, fiercely loyal supporters, and first- class facilities, SMH women’s soccer is recognized as one of the top private school opportunities in South Texas. The focus at both levels is to improve the entire student-athlete with the holistic approach in mind. This is accomplished with the implementation of the program’s Core Values; Character, Integrity, Respect, Leadership, Followership, Accountability, Teamwork, and Coachability. From there, the focus is placed on the student-athlete’s performance by emphasizing technical skill development, in-depth tactical training, and a highly advanced strength and conditioning program. As SMH culls its talent from both soccer-specific and multi-sport athletes, all three phases of training are inherent to the ongoing success of the program.
The SMH women’s soccer prides itself on excellence both on and off the field. SMH Soccer has been awarded Team Academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (Now United Soccer Coaches) for 16 consecutive years and once held the second longest continuous streak of the prestigious award in the nation. Over the last 10 years, the varsity team has enjoyed 10 consecutive winning seasons, including Southwest Preparatory Conference Division II Championships in ’08 and ’09, Tournament Champion of the UIL sponsored, Fredericksburg Tournament in 2016 and 2017 TAPPS Division II District, Area, and Regional titles and State Semifinalists, and 2018 Area title and Regional finalists.
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Hector Cano returns to SMH and Women's soccer in 2021.
Brian Kaestner enters his 40 season coaching at Saint Mary’s Hall. A long-time staple of SMH Soccer, Coach Kaestner now serves as the Head Women’s Junior Varsity Coach in addition to being the Head Assistant for the Varsity women’s program. In his new role, Kaestner will focus primarily on the expedited technical and tactical development of sub-varsity student-athletes and preparing them for transition to the varsity level in an optimum timeframe. Coach Kaestner also serves SMH Soccer Tournament Director for all three of SMH’s varsity and sub-varsity soccer tournaments. During his tenure as Head Women’s Varsity Coach, Kaestner amassed over 500 wins, winning SPC Division I Championships in ’89 and ’90 and SPC Division II Championships in ’83, ’08, and ’09. He was honored as Texas High School Coach of the Year by the NSCAA in ’99, ’04, ’06, ’07 and as the Southwest Region Coach of the Year in ’92, ’99. Kaestner also has over 15 years of club coaching experience in San Antonio, including being a member of the South Texas Youth Soccer and Olympic Development Program coaching staffs and holds a USSF National “B” License and an NSCAA National License. In addition to his coaching duties, Kaestner also serves as a Science Department instructor with specialization in AP Environment Science and AP Human Geography.
Coach Valdespino joins SMH in 2018.