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January 26, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Jamie Clark hired as new head coach of UW men’s soccer

clark.jpgI don’t cover much of Husky soccer but I know there’s some interest out there. Here’s the press release from the school:

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Jamie Clark Named UW Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Clark Is The Ninth Coach In Washington History

SEATTLE – Former Stanford All-American Jamie Clark will take over the reins of the Husky men’s soccer program as its new head coach, athletic director Scott Woodward announced today.

Clark comes to Seattle after a very successful season at Creighton. The Blue Jays went 13-5-2 in 2010, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In one season in Omaha, Clark coached five all-region players, two All-Americans and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy while leading the team into the national rankings.

“I am grateful to Scott Woodward and the University of Washington for the opportunity to lead the men’s soccer program,” Clark said. “I join a university and athletic department that are known for excellence. Our soccer program will compete at the highest level and make this community proud.

“I am delighted to be back on the west coast and part of the Pac-12 Conference,” Clark continued. “There is no better conference in the country for student-athletes. As a player, I was fortunate to compete in this league, and now I look forward to coaching in this environment. To be the best in the Pac-12 means you are one of the nation’s top couple of teams.”

“Jamie Clark has proven that he can be extremely successful at the highest levels of college men’s soccer,” Woodward said. “His track record as a coach is outstanding and we’re very happy that he’s accepted our offer to head up the Husky program. Jamie’s background shows a true talent for player development – both on the field and off – that will be a tremendous asset to the University of Washington. ”

Clark began his head coaching career with instant success at Harvard, posting a 26-10-1 overall record during the 2008 and 2009 seasons while leading the Crimson to the NCAA Tournament both years. His teams were 10-3-1 in the Ivy League during those two seasons and boasted an impressive 14-2-0 home record in that span. His overall and Ivy League winning percentage were both highest in the 101-year-history of Harvard men’s soccer.

In 2009 Clark was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year after leading the Crimson to a 14-4-1 overall record and the Ivy League championship (5-1-1). The Crimson began the year unranked and ended up spending seven weeks in the polls, finishing at No. 9 in the final top 25. Harvard earned the 10th seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round for the first time since 1987.

Clark’s 2009 Harvard squad swept the Ivy League postseason player awards, as Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Finalist and NSCAA First-Team All-American Andre Akpan won Player of the Year honors and Brian Rogers earned Rookie of the Year.

In his first season as a head coach in 2008, Clark led the Crimson to a 12-6-0 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his time at Harvard, Clark was an assistant coach at Notre Dame for two seasons, working under his father, head coach Bobby Clark. The Irish reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons, compiling a 29-11-7 overall record.

While at Notre Dame, he helped develop several top-notch players, including Joseph Lapira, the 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and Soccer America Player of the Year. Additionally, two Irish players were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America team.

Before going to Notre Dame, Clark was an assistant coach at New Mexico for four seasons (2002-05). Under head coach Jeremy Fishbein, Clark helped the Lobos to unprecedented success, including a run to the 2005 NCAA National Championship match.

Four players were drafted into MLS while Clark was at UNM and three of the four teams Clark worked with advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos posted a 61-16-8 record in his four seasons in Albuquerque.

Clark was a two-time All-American at Stanford, graduating in 1999. He played for his father, Bobby, from 1996 to 1998. As a senior in ’98, he became the first first-team NCAA All-American in Cardinal men’s soccer history, having earned second-team as a junior in 1997. He earned NSCAA All-Far West Region first-team honors in each of his three seasons.

As a senior, he helped lead Stanford to its first NCAA Tournament victory and a spot in the NCAA Championship final. Clark began his college playing career at North Carolina, where he spent one season.

Clark spent two seasons (1999-2000) with the San Jose Earthquakes after being selected in the second round of the MLS Draft. He was the first Cardinal player ever drafted by an MLS club.

Clark was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and grew up in Hanover, N.H.

What They’re Saying About Jamie Clark:

“I’m very pleased for the University of Washington. I know Jamie as a person and as a coach. He’s had a great mentor in his father, Bobby. The Washington program is performing at a high level and under Jamie I believe it has a bright future.”

– Sigi Schmid, Seattle Sounders FC head coach

“Jamie was a senior, team captain, great player, great leader. Jamie knows the game so well. His father, Bobby Clark, is one of the best coaches you could ever play for. Having played in both the college and professional game here in America, Jamie knows the type of player who will do well. He relates to players, he motivates players and he’s a coach that guys want to play for. He’s a great addition to the soccer community here in the Pacific Northwest.”

– Taylor Graham, Seattle Sounders FC defender who was a teammate of Clark’s at Stanford

“I thoroughly enjoyed playing for Jamie my last year at Harvard. He’s a great coach, very knowledgeable and so wise for his age. Everyone enjoyed playing for him. He related very well to the players and understands the game from a tactical standpoint and definitely made people better. The UW will love him.”

– Mike Fucito, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder who played for Clark at Harvard

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