Head Coach Heather Cato
Cato is entering her second season as head coach of Saint Martin's women's soccer program.
During her first season as head coach, Cato installed a new culture and philosophy into the program while coaching a GNAC All-Conference selection in Rose Robbins. Cato also coached goalkeeper Ali Koehler, who led the GNAC in saves and set the school record for most saves in a single season.
Cato joined the Saint Martin’s staff in June 2017 after spending last season as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Central Michigan University. Cato helped coach the Chippewas to an impressive 15-3-3 record last season, that resulted in a trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals. Central Michigan’s season included victories over Kansas State, Michigan State and Massachusetts.
On top of her coaching duties, Cato was the Director of External Operations for the Central Michigan. She managed recruiting, scouting future opponents, developing non-conference schedules, development of players, and fundraising.
Before her time at Central Michigan, Cato was the head women’s soccer coach at Rogers State University from Feb. 2014 – May 2016. During her time at Rogers State, Cato implemented a study hall program that raised the team GPA to 3.5, while fundraising, recruiting and scouting.
Cato’s head coaching career began at Whitman College in July 2010 – Feb. 2014. Whitman won 24 matches under Cato in her three seasons, including 11 in her final season.
Cato was a four-year starter at Arkansas from 1996-99 and played on the U.S. Women's National U-20 Team. She ranks as the seventh all-time leading scorer in Razorback history with 24 career goals.
Assistant Coach Paige Pontarolo
The 2017 season will be Paige's first season at Saint Martin's University.
Coach Pontarolo will be responsible for on-field coaching of the team with specific attention to the midfielders and forwards; some of her primary responsibilities will include recruiting, scheduling, video analysis, and camps/clinics.
Prior to Saint Martin's, Paige coached the club team Rainier Soccer Alliance Elite and was a recruiting coordinator for the Whitman College Women's Soccer team. She also worked as a soccer and softball scout for the National Scouting Report (NSR).
Paige attended Walla Walla High School where she was named the Wendy's Heisman Award recipient. She then enrolled and played soccer and softball at Walla Walla Community College. Her final stop was at Rogers State University (D-II) to play soccer, where she was voted the Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and a team captain.
Paige graduated with Psychology major with a minor in Justice Administration. She is currently working on a Master's degree in Sports Psychology.
Assistant Coach Shannon McMahon
The 2017 season will be McMahon’s first season working as an assistant with the women’s soccer program.
Coach McMahon will be responsible for on-field coaching of the team, specifically defenders and goalkeepers; some of her primary responsibilities will include fundraising, recruiting, video analysis, and camps/clinics.
She graduated from Concordia University, Portland where she won an NAIA National Championship and was a two-time captain for the Cavaliers. Shannon was a two-time CCC All-Academic Team member, and two-time GNAC All-Academic Team member. In Concordia’s inaugural GNAC season, she was named to the All-GNAC first team. She graduated Cum Laude in 2016 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. McMahon worked the summer youth and high school camps for three years through the Concordia soccer program.
A 2012 graduate of Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, Wash., McMahon was a three-year varsity player in both soccer and basketball. She played club soccer for Emerald City FC and Seattle United.