Head Men's Soccer Coach Jamie Clark
In four years at Washington, Jamie Clark has boosted the program to one of the nation's elite. He has led the Huskies to a record of 53-16-12, a Pac-12 title and three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The former Stanford All-American as a player, Clark took over reins of the program as announced by Husky athletic director Scott Woodward announced on Jan. 26, 2011. The dividends have been immediate with the Huskies earning their first-ever trip to the Elite 8 in 2013 and the program's first No. 1 national ranking since 1997 in 2014.
In his first season at UW, Clark led the Huskies to a second place finish in the Pac-12 with a 12-4-2 overall record. UW barely missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. He helped coach two of the best forwards in the game in Brent Richards and Jacob Hustedt, two seniors that went on to play in MLS.
In his second year at Washington in 2012, he guided the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 hosting Air Force in the NCAA First Round picking up a 1-0 win. The Huskies earned a second round match at Clark's former school Creighton, dropping the match 4-2. Washington finished second in the Pac-12 and was in the hunt for the title until the final minutes of the final conference game of the season. The Huskies posted a 13-5-3 record and a 7-1-2 record in the Pac-12. The 5-0-2 mark to start conference play was the best for a Husky team since the 1999 team went a perfect 7-0 and won the league. The nine-match unbeaten streak during the season was the longest since 1999.
in 2013, Clark's Huskies finished 16-2-4, won the Pac-12 title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Dawgs would go on to defeat Seattle U. and Stanford in the tournament to advance to the progam's first Elite Eight. The Dawgs fell just short of the College Cup, falling to New Mexico, 1-0, but it still completed the greatest season in Washington men's soccer history. The leader of the Husky defense, Taylor Peay, went on to earn NSCAA First Team All-America honors and was selected in the first round of the MLS Draft by the Portland Timbers. Offensively, the Dawgs had five players score at least five goals, including seven apiece from All-Pac-12 players Darwin Jones and Cristian Roldan. Roldan would also earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, while Clark was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Last year, the Huskies built on the momentum of 2013, beginning the season 9-1-0 and ascending to the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA Rankings. The Dawgs stumbled a bit down the stretch, missing the chance to defend their Pac-12 title, but still were awarded the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After a first round bye, the Dawgs eliminated Furman in the second round, needing nine rounds of penalties. The Dawgs would then fall to third-seeded Michigan State in the Sweet 16, also in penalties, but were one of just eight schools to make back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16. Jones and Roldan again earned All-Pac-12 honors for the Huskies, while Roldan and Andy Thoma were named NSCAA Third Team All-Americans.
"I am grateful to Scott Woodward and the University of Washington for the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program," Clark said. "This university and athletic department that are known for excellence. Our soccer program will compete at the highest level and make this community proud. 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 am greatful to coach 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 to have him head up the Husky program. Jamie's background shows a true talent for player development - both on the field and off - that is a tremendous asset to the University of Washington."
Before coming to Washington, Clark had one very successful season as the head coach 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.
Clark began his head coaching career 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 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). 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.
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.
As a player, 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, Former 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, San Jose Earthquakes FC midfielder who played for Clark at Harvard