I. M. Ibrahim

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Dr. I.M. Ibrahim
Coach Ibrahim Being Honored At The 20th Anniversary Of The 1987 National Championship.
Sport(s) Soccer
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Clemson University
Biographical details
Born (1941-06-23)June 23, 1941
Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel)
Died July 12, 2008(2008-07-12) (aged 67)
Seneca, South Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1994 Clemson University
Head coaching record
Overall 388–100–31
Accomplishments and honors
ACC Regular Season Championship (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993)
ACC Championship (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985)
NCAA Final Four Appearances (1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1987)
NCAA Division I National Championship (1984, 1987)
ACC Coach of the Year (1973, 1978, 1985, 1990, 1993)
Clemson University Athletic Hall Of Fame (2000)
South Carolina Athletic Hall Of Fame (2007)
Shorter College Athletic Hall Of Fame (2002)

Dr. I.M. Ibrahim (1941–2008), otherwise known as "Coach I," was the head coach of the Clemson University men's soccer team from 1967 to 1994 and was founder of the program. "The Father of Clemson Soccer" coached Clemson to two NCAA Division I National Championships in 1984 and 1987. His overall career record was 388-100-31 and he retired in 1994 as the nation's fifth winningest soccer coach. He coached 16 Tigers who earned 24 All-American honors. Fifty-one Tigers were named to the All-ACC first-team 92 times. He coached three U. S. Olympians including Bruce Murray, recipient of soccer's prestigious Hermann Award. There were also eight Clemson players who were named ACC Players-of-the-Year 12 times. His Clemson teams made 17 NCAA appearances and 6 NCAA Final Four appearances. During his tenure, Clemson Soccer finished in the Top 20 in the nation for 18 seasons. He coached Clemson Soccer to 11 ACC Championships and 13 regular season titles. Dr. Ibrahim earned his undergraduate degree from Shorter College, his Master's Degree from Clemson University, and concluded his education with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clemson University in 1970. He is an inductee into the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Shorter College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. He was honored by South Carolina Governor Dick Riley with the Order of the Palmetto in February, 1985. In 1974, Ibrahim founded The Tiger Sports Shop, Inc. and served as its president from 1974 to 2008. His hobbies included golf, music, wine, and sports car collecting. He was also president of the Ferrari club of America South Carolina chapter.


Ibrahim collapsed on July 12, 2008 while playing golf at Cross Creek Plantation Country Club in Seneca, SC, where he was a longtime member and regular weekend golfer. He was pronounced dead at 4:45 PM at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC from a sudden cardiac arrest according to the Oconee County Coroner's office.


  • Clemson University Player Bio: Dr. I.M. Ibrahim - Men's Soccer. [1]
  • The Tiger Sports Shop - Coach I's Blog. [2]
  • Clemson Men's Soccer.[1]
  • 2008 Clemson Men's Soccer Media Guide - Honors & Awards.

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