|Title:||The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer|
Jamie Clark was named the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr.
‘52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer on February 12, 2008,
and is the 13th head coach in the history of the Crimson
During the 2009 season, Harvard won the program's 13th Ivy League title, posting a 5-1-1 mark in conference play. The Crimson also went 14-4-1 overall during the regular season, including an 8-2 record on its home field. Harvard swept the Ivy League awards, as Andre Akpan was named Player of the Year and Brian Rogers was honored as Rookie of the Year. The Crimson reached the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1987 and defeated Monmouth, 3-0, in a second-round matchup. For his effort, Clark was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
In his first season at the helm, Clark guided Harvard to an 11-5-0 overall record and a 5-2-0 Ivy League mark, as the Crimson reached the NCAA tournament for the third-straight season and 14th time overall. During the year, the Crimson had a seven-game win streak and had five players selected to the All-Ivy League team, including four on the All-Ivy first team. Senior Michael Fucito, one of those first-team All-Ivy choices, was also named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Clark came to Harvard after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, where he helped the Irish reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship both seasons. During this time, the Irish compiled a 29-11-7 (.691) overall record and a 15-3-4 (.727) Big East mark.
As an assistant coach, Clark helped develop some of the best men's soccer players in the country, including the 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner and Soccer America Player of the Year, Joseph Lapira. Notre Dame student-athletes also excelled in the classroom, as two players were named to the 2007 NSCAA/adidas Men's Scholar All-America Team.
In 2007, the Irish were the 10th seed in the NCAA tournament, defeating Oakland, 2-1, and Santa Clara, 2-0, en route to the quarterfinals, where the team fell to the eventual NCAA winner, Wake Forest, 1-0, in overtime. A year earlier, the squad finished the regular season ranked sixth nationally and reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Irish took down defending NCAA champion Maryland, 1-0, in double-overtime.
Clark has also coached five players who were selected in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, including Greg Dalby and Nate Norman in 2007, and Ryan Miller and Lapira in 2008 and Michael Fucito in 2009. Dalby was picked by the Colorado Rapids in the second round (17th overall pick) of the (MLS) draft. Norman also heard his name called as the Chicago Fire selected the midfielder in the second round (21st pick). In 2008, Miller and Lapira were third-round picks, as Miller went to the Columbus Crew with the 31st selection and Lapira was drafted by Toronto FC (35th pick). Fucito was taken with the first pick in the fourth round in 2009, the 46th overall selection.
Prior to his stint at Notre Dame, Clark spent four seasons as an assistant at New Mexico, where he was part of the staff that led the Lobos to the title game of the 2005 College Cup. While at New Mexico under head coach Jeremy Fishbein, Clark helped the program reach new heights, which included the program's second trip ever to the NCAA tournament in 2001. The Lobos made it to the finals of the College Cup just four years later in 2005. New Mexico registered an 18-2-3 mark in 2005 to tie the school record for wins in a single season. During his four years in Albuquerque, the Lobos combined to post a record of 61-16-8. In the four years before his arrival, the team recorded a 32-40-4 mark.
Clark, the youngest son of Irish head coach Bobby Clark, is a 1999 graduate of Stanford, where he was a two-time All-American. In 1998, he became the first NSCAA first-team All-American in the history of Cardinal soccer as he helped lead the squad to the first NCAA final appearance in program history. Clark also was a second-team All-America selection in 1997.
Prior to Clark's arrival at New Mexico, he played two seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. He was drafted out of Stanford as the 21st pick overall in the 1999 MLS Draft.
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NCAA tourmament third round; Ivy League champion