Clemson Tigers men's soccer
|Head Coach||Mike Noonan (2nd year)|
|Colors||Orange and Purple
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|NCAA Semifinal Appearances|
|1973, 1976, 1978, 2005|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1972*, 1973*, 1974*, 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, 1981*, 1982*, 1985*, 1990, 1993, 1998|
The Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represent Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. The team has won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, 2 NCAA national championships, and hosted 2 Hermann Trophy winners (Bruce Murray in 1987 and Wojtek Krakowiak in 1998).
Clemson began sponsoring a soccer team in 1934, playing a hybrid schedule of colleges and prep schools. The team was discontinued after the 1939 season. In 1967, the university decided to re-add soccer as a varsity sport. Dr. I. M. Ibrahim, who was a chemistry professor at the time, was chosen to lead the program. In the program's inaugural season, the team posted a 6–5 record. From 1967–1971, the Tigers posted four winning seasons overall, but were consistently in the bottom tier of the ACC.
The 1972 season proved to be a breakout year for the Tigers. The Tigers went undefeated in conference play to capture the first of eight straight ACC titles and finished the year with a 13–1–1 record and earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament. The 1973 season would prove to be even more successful, as the Tigers went 16–1 and made it to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. By the end of the decade, the Tigers had 8 conference titles, 3 trips to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament, an Elite 8 appearance, 3 Final Four appearances, and finished the 1979 season as national runners-up.
Clemson's streak of ACC titles and NCAA appearances was broken during the 1980 season, but the Tigers rebounded with conference titles during the 1981, 1982, and 1985 seasons (Clemson's last before the ACC adopted its tournament format) and 5 straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. The 1984 season saw the Tigers finally reach the summit of national prominence, as the Tigers went 22–4 against a very tough schedule and won the 1984 National Championship. During the 1984 NCAA Tournament, Clemson had to face the top four seeds in the tournament (Alabama A&M, Virginia, UCLA, and Indiana). After failing to make the NCAA tournament in 1986, the Tigers earned their 2nd National Championship during the 1987 season. The Tigers finished the 1987 regular season 13–5–1, but had struggled during conference play. Reportedly, the Tigers were the 23rd team selected for the 24-team NCAA tournament. The Tigers, however, won three straight road games, which included an upset of #1-ranked Indiana (who hadn't lost a NCAA tournament home game prior to the match), and was chosen to host the Final Four at Riggs Field. In the semifinals, the Tigers avenged two earlier losses to North Carolina and, in the championship game, knocked off San Diego State (another surprise finalist). In addition, Bruce Murray won the 1987 Hermann Trophy (the first Clemson player to win the award).
The 1990s saw the first change of head coaches in school history, as Dr. Ibrahim retired after the 1994 season and was replaced by Brown head coach Trevor Adair. The Tigers captured their first ACC Tournament championship in 1998, won 3 ACC regular season titles (1990, 1993, and 1998), and had another player honored with the Hermann Trophy (Wojtek Krakowiak, 1998). The Tigers made 6 appearances in the NCAA tournament, with their best finishes being trips to the Elite 8 in 1997 and 1998.
During the 2004 season, the Tigers captured their 2nd ACC Tournament championship and advanced to the Elite 8. After another Elite 8 run in 2002, the Tigers experienced a down time, failing to advance out of the first round in 2003 and missing the NCAA tournament altogether in 2004. The 2005 squad, however, would make a strong run during the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Final Four for the first time since the 1987 squad's national title. The 2006 team would make the round of 16, falling to eventual runner-up UCLA. This would be Clemson's most recent trip to the NCAA tournament, as the Tigers have failed to make the field of 48 since then. The 2008 squad, despite not making the tournament, was one of only two teams in the country to defeat both national champion Maryland and national runner-up North Carolina during the season. Trevor Adair resigned as head coach of the Tigers on June 16, 2009, two months after being placed on a leave of absence after reportedly assaulting his two daughters during a domestic dispute. Assistant coach Phil Hindson was promoted to interim head coach for the 2009 season, marking only the second change in head coaches in Tiger history. The Tigers struggled through the 2009 season, finishing with a final record of 6–12–1 despite a victory over national champion Virginia during the season.
|National Champions||Conference Champions*||NCAA Tournament berth^|
|Season||Head coach||Season results||Tournament results|
|Overall||Conference||Conference[A 1]||NCAA[A 2]|
|1940–1966: No team|
|1967||I. M. Ibrahim||6||5||0||1||3||0||4th||—||—|
|1972*||13||1||1||5||0||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1974*||12||3||0||5||0||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1975*||13||2||0||5||0||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1981*||18||2||0||5||1||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1982*||18||2||1||5||1||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1985*||19||3||2||5||1||0||Champion*||—||Round of 16^|
|1990||16||4||1||4||1||1||1st||First Round||First Round^|
|1991||13||6||2||2||3||1||5th||First Round||First Round^|
|1993||18||5||1||5||0||1||1st||Final||Round of 16^|
|1995||Trevor Adair||16||6||1||4||2||0||3rd||First Round||Round of 16^|
|2000||14||4||2||2||2||2||4th||First Round||Round of 16^|
|2003||9||7||4||2||4||0||6th||First Round||First Round^|
|2006||13||5||2||3||3||2||T-5th||First Round||Round of 16^|
|2009||Phil Hindson||6||12||1||2||6||0||9th||Second Round||—|
- The Atlantic Coast Conference began holding a tournament in 1987.
- The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship began in 1959.
- Kennedy, Paul (June 17, 2009). "Trevor Adair resigns as Clemson coach". College Soccer Reporter. Soccer America. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
- Szostak, Mike (January 5, 2010). "Brown soccer coach Mike Noonan leaves for Clemson". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
- 2010 Media Guide, pp. 93
- 2010 Media Guide, pp. 94–100
- "2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer". Atlantic Coast Conference. pp. 51, 58–60. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "Men’s Division I Championship Brackets". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
Works cited 
- Blackman, Sam (ed.). "Clemson 2010 Men's Soccer Media Guide". Clemson University. Retrieved 1 September 2011.