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Adam Clinton Named Regional Coach of the Year

The 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Mondo Senior College Men’s Regional Coach of the Year honors have been announced, and Rensselaer head coach Adam Clinton was recognized as the All-East Regional Coach of the Year. He is now eligible for National Coach of the Year honors.

“Adam has done a superb job with our men’s soccer program,” said James Knowlton, director of athletics. “His players are magnificent ambassadors for Rensselaer, and Adam has established a culture of success for his team on the field, in the classroom, and within the community.”

Clinton, who is in his eighth season at the helm of the men’s soccer team, led the team to a 14-3-2 record and a first-place finish in the Liberty League standings with a 5-1-1 record. In addition to winning the conference’s regular season title, the squad advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

“Adam has done a superb job with our men’s soccer program,” said James Knowlton, director of athletics. “His players are magnificent ambassadors for Rensselaer, and Adam has established a culture of success for his team on the field, in the classroom, and within the community.”

The Liberty League Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, Clinton’s squad ranked among the nation’s leaders in several categories, including eighth in goals against average (0.51) and save percentage (.880) and 18th in shutout percentage (0.58). Rensselaer also led the Liberty League in seven defensive categories, including fewest goals allowed (10), fewest points allowed (1.37 per game), and shutouts (10).

Clinton coached nine All-Liberty League selections in 2009, including senior captain and NSCAA All-American Lincoln Field. Three student-athletes were named to the All-East Regional team, while senior forward Sean Fleury garnered the program’s first National Academic All-America honor since 2005.

In his career at Rensselaer, Clinton has posted an overall record of 75-53-15. His teams have participated in post-season play in five of the last six seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. His teams also captured ECAC Tournament titles in 2005 and 2007. In addition to 36 All-League selections, Clinton has coached five National Academic All-Americans, nine Academic All-District honorees, and eight All-Region selections.

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Volume 4, Number 1, January 22, 2010
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