The Boys Soccer program consists of a Middle School team, a co-ed Middle School team, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The Boys Soccer program consistently sends athletes to compete at the college level, with more than 30 players going on to play collegiately.
The soccer teams practice on the River Field and Knight Campus fields and play games on Pajcic-Hunt Field. Soccer is also offered on the St. Mark’s and Beaches Campuses to students as an extracurricular sport.
The Girls Soccer program includes a Middle School team, a co-ed Middle School team, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team.The Varsity Girls team has advanced to regional play in each of the last six years. The 2020 team made a run to the state quarterfinals, upsetting the number two and number six seeds along the way. The teams are under the leadership of Program Director and Head Coach Kate Bowles. Soccer is also offered on the St. Mark’s and Beaches Campuses to students as an extracurricular sport.
About the Coaches
Kate Bowles currently serves as the Program Director and Head Girls’ Soccer Coach. Coach Bowles’s prior experience coaching was at The Bolles School and at the Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club for a variety of age groups. She is currently a coach at the Florida Elite Soccer Academy. As a collegiate student-athlete, Coach Bowles participated in two Division I programs. A four-year starter as a defender in college, she began her career at Boise State University before transferring after her freshman year to the University of Southern Mississippi. As a senior defender at Southern Miss, she helped her team set the school record for shutouts in a season (seven), and she currently shares the individual record for most games played in a season (20). She was also an All-Conference USA candidate. Prior to college, Coach Bowles was a two-time All-Conference and All-State performer at Orange Park High School, where she led her team to two state final fours. She also played for two seasons with the Jacksonville Jade, a women’s semi-pro team.
Jay Bolt is entering his first season as Program Director and Head Varsity Coach at Episcopal. Coach Bolt compiled a stellar playing career, including four years of Division 1 competition at the University of North Florida and three years at the professional level with the Charleston Battery. At UNF, he was a team captain, earned all-conference honors four times and all-region honors three times, and was named conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. As a professional, he was named Newcomer of the Year for the Battery in 2018. Preceding his collegiate and professional career, Coach Bolt was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Florida State Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American as a member of the Bolles School soccer team in 2013.