BREMERTON, Wash. — The Kitsap Pumas announced today that they will be re-signing midfielder Nick Hamer, who was one of only two players to appear in all 15 games for the Pumas this past season.
“Coming into the Pumas for the second year, I hope to use everything I learned last year to not only repeat as divisional champs but also make a deeper run into the playoffs,” Hamer said.
Hamer, whose work rate served as the heartbeat of the Pumas, scored three goals and had two assists on the year. He logged a total of 987 minutes in 12 regular-season games, notching him second-most on the team.
In addition, Hamer was also named to the PDL All-Western Conference Team for his standout play and was one of three Pumas to sign a season-long loan deal with Seattle Sounders 2 of the USL, where he would go on to feature in a crucial 1-0 win against the Real Monarchs.
While Hamer’s outstanding play for the Pumas last season surely played a significant part in the club going undefeated in Northwest Division play, his commitment and passion for the game date back much farther.
“I started playing when I was about 4,” said Hamer. “At first, I would just play with my friends for fun, but as I grew up, I started to play more competitively. When I was about 10 years old, I met a guy named Tim Seely who took me under his wing and showed me just about everything I know about the game. It was with his guidance I became the player I am today.”
Hamer, who was born in Spokane, Washington, grew up playing for the River City Steelers before going on to receive a scholarship at Gonzaga University.
“I chose Gonzaga because it made the most sense for me at the time,” Hamer said. “It was the local school, so my family could still come to watch all the games, and it also gave me the opportunity to play with a bunch of players I grew up with.”
Hamer made 69 appearances for the Bulldogs, tallying six goals and nine assists. His outstanding play at the collegiate level earned him a spot on the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team, an All-WCC Second Team selection, two All-WCC First Team honors and WCC Player of the Year his senior season in 2013.
After playing a season for the Spokane Shadow in the Evergreen Premier League, Hamer was contacted by the Pumas, who expressed an interest in signing the willful midfielder.
“When I got the call to sign with the Pumas, I was very excited,” Hamer said. “I also previously played with the Portland Timbers U23s and the North Sound SeaWolves, so I knew a lot about the Pumas as a club, and I instantly knew that it would be a great opportunity for me.”
After signing for the club, Hamer wasted no time in contributing on the field. However, playing for the Pumas meant much more to him than just the excellent results they produced on the pitch.
“Last season was awesome,” Hamer said. “It was one of the most talented teams I have been a part of, and I improved a lot during my time there last summer. Everything was super professional, organized and we had a great group of guys that challenged me every day in training to get better.”
As he looks forward to the coming season, Hamer hopes to use his experience he gained from last season to continue to do his part to help grow the club.
“I feel really good about re-signing,” Hamer said. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Transaction: Kitsap Pumas sign midfielder Nick Hamer on March 17, 2016
Born: Aug. 30, 1991
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on March 17, 2016