Mara Primmer enters her fifth season as Head Coach of the Wells College women's soccer team in 2018. Across the previous four seasons with the Express, Primmer's efforts have yielded an improvement in a variety of statistics, including goals scored, assists and overall team victories.
Despite a sluggish start to the 2015 season, Primmer's charges won six of their final nine contests that included a three-game winning streak where Wells outscored its opponents by a cumulative 15-to-1 margin. Offensively, the team generated a program record 116 total points of offense, scoring 45 goals and recording 26 assists.
The team also won a team record six North Eastern Athletic Conference contests in 2015 and, at season's end, four players were selected to NEAC All-Conference teams. Primmer's players also achieved great success in the classroom as she saw 10 of her student-athletes earn Dean's List recognition.
In only her first season at the helm, Wells had a strong offensive season in 2014 after the team posted 31 goals and 19 assists for 81 points (31-19=81), tied for the second-most points by any Wells team dating back to the 2008 women's soccer season. Wells also rattled off a four-game winning streak near the midpoint of the year.
Prior to joining Wells in 2014, Primmer served as an Assistant Coach at SUNY Oneonta. With Primmer's assistance, the Red Dragons claimed the SUNYAC Championship in women’s soccer following a 13-5-3 overall record in 2013 and went on to participate in the NCAA Division III Tournament on the campus of William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. During their SUNYAC Championship run, Primmer was tasked with scouting, recruiting, video breakdown and practice session responsibilities.
Cumulatively, the Red Dragons produced five All-SUNYAC players, three NSCAA All-East Region honorees and the SUNYAC Player of the Year en route to their 12th championship title in school history – the most of any SUNYAC school. Primmer was also tasked with women’s lacrosse responsibilities during her tenure, focusing primarily on strength and conditioning.
Primmer also served as a Graduate Assistant women’s soccer coach at Southern Connecticut State University during the 2009-10 season, assisting all aspects of the NCAA Division II program. In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Primmer has assisted at the Headwaters Soccer Camp, the Oneonta Soccer Club, and the South Central Premier Club. She also has lengthy experience as a personal trainer, implementing soccer-specific conditioning programs to improve speed, endurance, power and agility.
Primmer has played professionally in South Western Germany within the Women’s Bundesliga for 1.FC Saarbrucken, SV Dirmingen and SV Furpach. At SV Furpach, Primmer played and started all games as a defensive central midfielder and an outside attacking midfielder. Her team was voted as the top team in the greater area of Neunkirchen, Saarland, Germany twice and her squadron finished second overall in the Regionalliga, missing promotion to Bundesliga by only one point.
Prior to becoming the Graduate Assistant for the Owls, Primmer played as a redshirt senior for Southern Connecticut State during the 2008-09 women’s soccer season. Primmer and the Owls qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference tournament for the first time in three years – Primmer scored a goal in the semifinal game against Southern New Hampshire University which proved to be the school’s first playoff victory in nearly four seasons.
A 2008 graduate from NCAA Division I St. Bonaventure University, Primmer played three seasons of women’s soccer for the Bonnies and scored eight points via three goals and two assists (3-2=8) in 43 games at midfield. Prior to college, Primmer played for the Adirondack Lynx, a semi-professional women’s soccer team. She was also a member of the Blackwatch Soccer Club and attended Oneonta High School in Oneonta, N.Y.
Primmer, who is bilingual in English and German, is the sister of former Wells College men’s soccer player Cody Primmer '15.