The University of St. Thomas Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Coach Ian Clerihew as its new men's soccer coach. Coach Clerihew joins the Celts after a two-year stint at Yale University as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program.
According to St. Thomas Director of Athletics the search for UST's third ever men's soccer coach was not difficult; "As soon as the committee interviewed Coach Clerihew we knew he was the right coach for the job. Ian has experienced success at many levels, as an assistant and head coach. He has led programs similar to ours to postseason victories. We have won RRAC regular and postseason championships, but we are ready to take the next step and win on the National stage. I believe Ian can do just that".
Prior to Yale, Coach Clerihew spent three years as the head coach at Franklin Pierce University where he guided the Ravens to the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament and three appearances in the NE-10 Tournament.
Clerihew served as the head coach at Mars Hill College from 2009-11 and guided the program to unprecedented heights during his three seasons, compiling a 35-19-6 record (.633). He led the 2011 team to the first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in program history, advancing to the round of 16 and finishing the season ranked 17th in the nation. His 2010 team was ranked 13th in the nation for a portion of the season, the highest national ranking in program history.
But the timing is right and Coach Clerihew is ready to be in charge of his own program again, "I want to thank Director of Athletics Todd Smith and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the University of Saint Thomas men's soccer program. UST men's soccer has a strong tradition and I'm honored to have the chance to build on this success. My family and I are very much looking forward to being a part of the University of Saint Thomas community.
The Yale program and Head Coach Kylie Stannard were not happy to lose Coach Clerihew, "Yale's loss is a big time gain for St. Thomas men's soccer. Ian Clerihew is a first class coach and a first class person. He has been instrumental here at Yale in helping to create a more competitive soccer culture while also bringing great balance with a positive and caring attitude. His experience and success in college soccer is hard to find and I expect him to bring even more success at St. Thomas".
Clerihew served as an assistant coach at three Division I programs – Villanova (2008), Duke (2007) and St. Johns (2006). Both Duke and St. John's earned berths in the NCAA Tournament during his tenure, and he helped the Red Storm to a Big East championship. Clerihew's other collegiate coaching experience includes Northern Illinois, Akron and Linfield College. In his 17 years of coaching, Clerihew's teams have posted 14 winning seasons and a combined record of 187-120-22.
Clerihew enjoyed an outstanding college career as a player for Seattle Pacific University from 1990-93. The team reached the Division II NCAA Tournament in each of his four years, including making three trips to the Final Four and winning the national championship in 1993.
He earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from Seattle Pacific and a master's degree in sport science from Akron. Ian and his wife Teresa are originally from the Pacific Northwest.