Mercy High School Coach Doug Pryor Named State Coach of the Year for Maryland H.S. Girls Private/Parochial

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Featured L to R: Emily Crusse (senior), Doug Pryor, Ada Clare Tempert (junior), Mia Ramirez (senior). All three students are members of the varsity soccer team.

The Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS) has named Mercy High School Varsity Head Soccer Coach, Doug Pryor, “State Coach of the Year for Maryland High School Girls” in the private/parochial category.

This award comes to Pryor in his seventh year of coaching varsity soccer at Mercy High School. This season, Pryor coached a squad that upset the Archbishop Spalding High School Cavaliers, seeded #1 in the Interscholastic Association of Maryland (IAAM), in the semifinals of tournament play. The Mercy Magic went on to face the McDonogh Eagles, falling to them in the last 40 seconds of what had been a tied championship game.

In addition to coaching the Mercy Magic, Pryor is the technical director for Pipeline Soccer Club’s girls’ programs. Pryor, a native of Baltimore, was an All-State soccer player at Dundalk High School, and he was an All-American at Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk.

For his accomplishments in soccer and baseball during his collegiate career, Pryor was inducted into CCBC’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Off the field, Pryor had a 23-year career in the Baltimore City Police Department, including 21 years on their SWAT team. Pryor, father of three children, is married to Sharon Pryor. They live in Sparrows Point.

This recognition for Pryor is just one of many accolades that has come to Mercy’s athletic program in a short time. Last spring, Mercy’s lacrosse team captured the IAAM “B” Conference Lacrosse Championship, defeating Friends School of Baltimore. Last Saturday, Mercy’s indoor soccer team won the IAAM “A” Conference Indoor Soccer Championship, defeating Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Athletic Director Nick Gill says, “Doug is a phenomenal coach who truly understands how to help his players compete at the highest levels. Additionally, because his own daughter went to Mercy, everything he does is grounded in our school values.” Gill goes on to say, “I was thrilled when the Mercy board of trustees announced last December that an athletic complex with an artificial turf surface was the next major capital priority of the school. When this field is finished in 2019, our athletic program is only going to get stronger. The sky’s the limit for the Mercy Magic!”

Mercy High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Mercy, a founding member of the IAAM, fields teams in 12 sports. The school’s Women in Medicine Program in partnership with Mercy Medical Center and fine arts offerings are well-known throughout the Greater Baltimore area for their rigorous academics, enabling students to form habits of lifelong inquiry, critical thinking and courageous action in a global society. For more information about Mercy High School, visit


Edited from Press Release

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