Thursday, January 7, 2010

Noonan to lead Clemson

Mike Noonan is one of the most respected coaches in college soccer, and was hired recently to be the new head coach at Clemson University.

Noonan becomes the program’s fifth coach in the 75-year history of Clemson Soccer, and looks to rebuild one of the proudest traditions in college soccer. The Clemson program has won National Championships in 1984 and 1987 and has won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Noonan has a pretty impressive resume, having led both Brown University and the University of New Hampshire into the NCAA Tournament on multiple occasions. In 2009, the Bears finished with an 11-3-5 record overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round. He took Brown to the NCAAs four of the last five years, including to at least the second round of the tournament six different years. He guided Brown to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and 2000.

“Clemson has a lot of history and success in collegiate soccer and we look forward to adding on to that success in the future,” said Noonan. “My family and I are excited about coming to Clemson and joining the Tiger family. To leave a place like Brown, it had to be a special opportunity, and Clemson was this special opportunity."

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