Clemson Tigers men's soccer

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Clemson Tigers
2015 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team
Clemson Tigers athletic logo

University Clemson University
Conference ACC
Location Clemson, SC
Head Coach Mike Noonan (6th year)
Stadium Historic Riggs Field
(Capacity: 6,500)
Nickname Tigers
Colors Orange and Purple

             

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Champions
1984, 1987
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1979, 2015
NCAA Tournament Semifinal
1973, 1976, 1978, 2005, 2015
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, 2013, 2014,2015
Conference Tournament Champions
1998*, 2001*, 2014
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).

History[edit]

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 to 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.[1] 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.

On January 5, 2010, it was announced that former Brown head coach Mike Noonan was hired as Clemson's 4th head soccer coach.[2] Since Coach Noonan took over, the Tigers have slowly risen back to prominence, returning to the NCAA tournament in 2013 and winning their 14th ACC championship in 2014.

Seasons[edit]

National Championsdagger Conference Champions* NCAA Tournament berth^
Season Head coach[3] Season results[4] Tournament results
Overall Conference Conference[5][A 1] NCAA[6][A 2]
Wins Losses Ties Wins Losses Ties Finish
1934–35 Fred Kirchner 1 2 1
1935 2 2 0
1936 0 0 1
1937 3 0 1
1938 0 0 1
1939 2 2 0
1940–1966: No team
1967 I. M. Ibrahim 6 5 0 1 3 0 4th
1968 9 3 1 1 3 1 5th
1969 5 6 1 4 0 1 5th
1970 8 3 2 1 3 1 6th
1971 8 3 1 1 3 1 5th
1972* 13 1 1 5 0 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1973* 16 1 0 5 0 0 Champion* Final Four^
1974* 12 3 0 5 0 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1975* 13 2 0 5 0 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1976* 18 2 1 4 0 1 Champion* Fourth Place^
1977* 16 1 0 5 0 0 Champion* Quarterfinal^
1978* 18 1 1 4 0 1 Champion* Third Place^
1979* 16 2 1 5 0 0 Champion* Runner-Up*
1980 12 3 2 4 1 1 2nd
1981* 18 2 0 5 1 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1982* 18 2 1 5 1 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1983 16 3 2 3 2 1 3rd First Round^
1984dagger 22 4 0 4 2 0 2nd Championdagger
1985* 19 3 2 5 1 0 Champion* Round of 16^
1986 12 6 2 3 3 0 3rd
1987dagger 18 5 1 1 4 1 5th First Round Championdagger
1988 10 7 2 2 4 0 5th First Round
1989 13 6 1 1 4 1 5th First Round
1990 16 4 1 4 1 1 1st First Round First Round^
1991 13 6 2 2 3 1 5th First Round First Round^
1992 12 6 4 1 3 2 6th Final
1993 18 5 1 5 0 1 1st Final Round of 16^
1994 13 7 1 1 4 1 6th Quarterfinal
1995 Trevor Adair 16 6 1 4 2 0 3rd First Round Round of 16^
1996 10 7 2 2 3 1 5th First Round
1997 11 7 3 2 3 1 5th First Round Quarterfinal^
1998* 22 2 0 5 1 0 1st Champion* Quarterfinal^
1999 9 8 2 2 2 2 4th First Round
2000 14 4 2 2 2 2 4th First Round Round of 16^
2001* 19 5 0 4 2 0 T-2nd Champion* Quarterfinal^
2002 13 5 4 2 3 1 6th Quarterfinal Quarterfinal^
2003 9 7 4 2 4 0 6th First Round First Round^
2004 8 9 1 2 5 0 6th First Round
2005 15 6 3 2 4 2 7th Quarterfinal Final Four^
2006 13 5 2 3 3 2 T-5th First Round Round of 16^
2007 7 11 1 2 6 0 7th First Round
2008 7 9 2 3 4 1 6th First Round
2009 Phil Hindson 6 12 1 2 6 0 9th Second Round
2010 Mike Noonan 5 8 4 2 4 2 7th Quarterfinal
2011 8 8 2 4 4 0 7th Quarterfinal
2012 6 9 5 3 2 3 5th Semifinal
2013 11 7 3 5 4 2 T-4th Semifinal 1st Round^
2014 12 7 3 5 2 1 T-1st Atlantic Division Champion* Round of 16^
2015 16 2 2 6 1 1 2nd Atlantic Division Semifinal Runner-Up*
  1. ^ The Atlantic Coast Conference began holding a tournament in 1987.
  2. ^ The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship began in 1959.

Roster[edit]

As of December 12, 2015’’[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Michael Zierhoffer
2 United States DF Kyle Fisher
3 Denmark DF Patrick Bunk-Andersen
4 England MF Oliver Shannon
5 Bermuda DF Mauriq Hill
6 England MF Paul Clowes
7 Norway MF Iman Mafi
8 Italy FW Michele Bottari
9 Costa Rica FW Diego Campos
10 United States FW TJ Casner
11 United States DF Aaron Jones
12 Costa Rica MF Saul Chinchilla
13 United States MF Michael Melvin
14 United States MF Grayson Raynor
15 France MF Alex Happi
No. Position Player
16 United States MF John Cajka
17 Brazil MF Thales Moreno
18 United States DF Tyler Rider
19 United States FW Kyle Murphy
20 United States FW Austen Burnikel
21 United States DF Michael Serrano
22 United States GK Andrew Tarbell
23 United States MF Johnny Heckman
24 United States GK Brady Allardice
25 United States DF Chris Heijjer
26 United States DF Trey Langlois
27 United States MF Phillip Tran
29 United States DF Andrew Burnikel
30 United States GK Nolan Lennon

Coaching staff[edit]

2015-2016 Coaching Staff[3]
Position Staff
Head Coach United States Mike Noonan
Assistant Head Coach England Philip Jones
Assistant Coach Australia Liam Curran
Director of Soccer Operations United States Rohan Sachdev
Athletic Trainer United States Raz Razayeski
Strength & Conditioning Coach United States Rick Franzblau
Student Assistant Coach United States Joe Amon
Team Manager United States Keith Tormey

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b 2010 Media Guide, pp. 93 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Coaches" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ 2010 Media Guide, pp. 94–100
  5. ^ "2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer" (PDF). Atlantic Coast Conference. pp. 51, 58–60. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Men’s Division I Championship Brackets" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "2015-2016 Men's Soccer Roster". Clemson University. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 

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