Entering her 22nd season at the helm of the Boston University women's soccer team, head coach Nancy Feldman has transformed the program from club-level to a team that is consistently competing against the nation's top squads. After dominating the America East, winning nine conference titles, the Terriers have already made their mark as the top-team in the Patriot League, winning three-straight titles in their first three seasons in the conference.
Following the 2014 season, USA Today named Boston University the third-best Division I women's soccer program in the U.S. based on team success, overall school quality and the academic record of the student athletes. BU ranked behind 2014 NCAA finalist Virginia and ahead of NCAA semifinalists Stanford and Texas A&M and NCAA quarterfinalist UCLA.
Clark played in the midfield for the Terriers from 2010-2013, helping the team win two America East Championships in 2010 and 2011 and a Patriot League Championship in the program’s first year in the conference in 2013. She was named to the NSCAA All-Region team and to the all-conference first team as a junior and senior and went to the NCAA Tournament three times.
After graduating from Boston University’s College of Communication, Clark became a volunteer assistant coach at Maine before being promoted to an assistant coach prior to the 2015 season. While with the Black Bears, she helped guide the team to the America East Tournament semifinal round last season and coached a two-time America East Defender of the Year, an America East Rookie of the Year, an America East Goalkeeper of the year and 10 All-America East selections.
“Emma has become a student of the game and has gained valuable experience these last two years as an assistant coach at the University of Maine,” Feldman said. “She has been working for Scott Atherley, who I have always admired as an opposing coach. I know she has been well trained and is prepared to help elevate our team’s soccer development, continue to recruit the highest quality student-athletes and be a terrific representative of Boston University."
Outside of the collegiate game, Clark has been involved as a coach at the youth and high school level, working with the Seacoast United Soccer Club since 2010, most recently serving as the girls U-18 coach. She has extensive experience in clinic and camp settings at both Terrier Training and for the Slocum Soccer School and holds an NSCCA National Diploma.
In Poletto's first season in 2017, was instrumental in guiding the goalkeeping unit to record 10 shutouts as the Terriers finished with a10-8-3 record and reached the Patriot League tournament semifinals.Under Poletto's watch, BU surrendered just 0.86 goals per game and the goalkeepers combined for a .798 save percentage.
The Englewood, Colo., native worked primarily with the Utes' goalkeepers unit in 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach after spending the previous three years as an undergraduate assistant coach. Following her promotion, the goalkeeping crew improved its goals against average from the 2015 season's 1.21 to a miniscule 0.65 while boasting a .860 save percentage after finishing the previous year at .784. The Utes also doubled their shutout total to 10 blank sheets.
Poletto originally joined Utah as a student-athlete in the fall of 2011 but saw her collegiate career cut short by injury, leading to the decision to focus on coaching. Besides assisting the Utes, she has also served as the Director of Goalkeeping and an age group head coach for the Utah Avalanche club team and worked with the state's ODP program the Region IV ODP goalkeepers.
As a high school goalkeeper, Poletto was named Most Outstanding Player three straight years (2008, `09, `10) at Cherry Creek in Colorado. She helped lead CCHS to the 2011 Region championship, while also participating in the U.S. Women's National Team Youth program, including U17 Youth National Team camps in 2009.
She holds a USSF "B" license and serves as an instructor for the USSF "E" licenses. After graduating cum laude from the University of Utah in 2015 with a degree in communications and a minor in psychology, she completed her Master's degree in sports psychology in the spring of 2017.