Assistant Coach Colin Clarke retiring
Entering his ninth season as the assistant head men's soccer coach at The University of Tulsa is Colin Clarke. He was selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Clarke, 65, has more than 45 years of soccer experience as a player and coach both on the collegiate and high school levels.
During his eight seasons at Tulsa, Clarke has played an important role in helping the Golden Hurricane make six NCAA Tournament appearances, record five top-25 finishes and helped five players (Kyle Brown, Chris Clements, Ashley McInnes, Austin Neil and Ryan Pore) achieve All-America status. His sideline experience has helped Tulsa post an eight-year mark of 99-44-22.
In 2010, Tulsa earned a school-best No. 2 national ranking for three straight weeks, finished with double-digit wins for the 10th time in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history and fourth-straight year. TU concluded the season ranked 10th in the nation in total goals (42) and 15th in scoring offense (2.0 goals per game). Ashley McInnes, Zach Nulisch and Chris Taylor were all named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First Team, while four players were named as C-USA Academic Medalists, seven were named C-USA All-Academic Honorees and all 11 were tabbed to Tulsa's academic lists.
The Golden Hurricane won its third straight Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, posted a 15-5-2 overall record, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history, and concluded the year ranked No. 7 in all five national polls in 1999. Tulsa recorded seven shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation's top-30.
The 2008 men's soccer team posted a 16-4-3 overall record and captured C-USA regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Hurricane also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, set a new school record with 16 wins and earned a school-best No. 5 national ranking by Top Drawer Soccer. Tulsa recorded 10 shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation's top-30.
During the 2007 season, Clarke helped TU earn its then most wins in school history, tallying a 15-3-2 overall record, and the then highest-ever national ranking of No. 6 by Soccer America. The Golden Hurricane also captured C-USA regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
In 2006, Clarke helped Tulsa post nine victories and make a semifinal appearance at the C-USA Championship, while in 2005, the Golden Hurricane's inaugural season as a C-USA member, Clarke helped TU register a 7-7-7 overall record and advance to the conference championship game for the second straight year.
In 2004, Tulsa chalked up a 12-7-4 overall record and a 5-3-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play, while advancing to the MVC Tournament finals before falling to SMU. Tulsa returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, and stormed its way into the national quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion Indiana.
During his first season at TU, Clarke helped lead the Golden Hurricane to a second-place finish in the MVC and a second round appearance in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Tulsa concluded the season with a 13-6-2 overall record and a league mark of 6-1-2.
Prior to coming to Tulsa, Clarke was the consultant coach at Brookestone (Ga.) High School in 2002, where the boy's varsity team advanced to the state semifinals and the girl's varsity team went to the state quarterfinals. He also served as a coach for the Stone Mountain, Ga. U17 boy's team, which advanced to the national finals in 2001, just four months after Clarke finished working with the team. From 1995-2000, he helped produce 12 Olympic Development Players.
From 1995-2000, Clarke directed the Augusta Arsenal Gunners. He took a relatively young program and established a club of 18 teams. During his five-year tenure with the Gunners, his teams went from three representatives on the Georgia State team to an average of 10 per season. While coaching one team from U11 to U15, he developed six individuals into state players with two of them making the region team. His team captured five tournament victories, which remains the most successful Gunner team in the history of the program.
In the fall of 1995, Clarke was the head men's soccer coach at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, and set the school's single-season record for consecutive victories with six.
From 1993-95, Clarke coached in the United Kingdom for the Aston Villa Youth Team and helped the squad earn its first trophy in 14 years during the 1994 season. Under his tutelage, Aston Villa set the British record for consecutive wins with 21 in 1995 and won the Midland Purity League, the Midland Cup and the prestigious Mito Cup in Japan, defeating Ajax of Amsterdam, 7-1. During his three seasons at Aston Villa, he coached international players Dwight Yorke, Lee Hendrie and United States National Team goalkeeper, Kasey Keller. Also during the same period, he was the guest coach for England's National Team.
Before that, he was the youth team manager for the Charlton Athletic Club in England from 1985-1993. During his tenure, Charlton Athletic appeared in the finals of the National Youth Cup and won the Southern League Cup. He helped six players reach the first team level, while six others won England honors at the U-21 level and played for the National England Team.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Clarke played professional soccer for 17 years in the English Soccer League as a defenseman and compiled over 600 appearances throughout his career. He played for the Oxford United where he remains ranked as the second most successful player in the history of that team. He also played for the Arsenal FC. As a player/manager for Kettering Town, he helped the squad to a conference runner-up finish, and he also served in the same role for Corby Town.
Clarke and his wife, Susan Nicola, have one adult son: Jamie Stuart.
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