A new era begins in Vanderbilt men's soccer, as Tim McClements
becomes only the second coach in the program's history. McClements
takes over the reigns for Randy Johnson, who was head coach
of the Commodores for 29 years.
McClements is no stranger to winning, as he has been to two
consecutive NCAA tournaments, including a trip to the College
Cup Final Four in 2000 as an assistant coach for Southern
Methodist University. The Mustangs fell to the University
of Connecticut in the semifinals, which eventually went on
to win the national championship.
In 2001, McClements and the rest of the SMU men's soccer
team had a season the program will always remember. The Mustangs
finished the regular season with an undefeated record and
sat atop the NSCAA national rankings for most of the season.
The Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament
champions, SMU entered the NCAA Tournament as the top seed
in the 64-team field. The Mustangs eventually fell to St.
John's, 2-0, in quarterfinal play, though closed out SMU's
bid for a second straight College Cup appearance and finished
the season with a 21-1 record.
McClements was previously head coach at Eastern Illinois,
building that program into the upper division of the Missouri
Valley in the process. While coaching the Panthers, he compiled
a 30-42-4 record and guided them to two MVC Tournament appearances.
He was also head men's coach at Baker University, where his
teams were ranked among the NAIA's Top 20. In 1995, he was
named the Heart of America Conference Coach of the Year. He
tallied a 30-16 record while coaching Baker for two years.
Over his six years as a head coach, he has accumulated a 60-58-4
Other coaching stops for McClements included assistantships
at Midwestern State University as an assistant coach from
1992-94, where the program was ranked No. 1 in NAIA and Northern
Illinois in 1991-92. He has also been a staff coach for the
North Texas State Olympic Development Program since 2000.
He previously was a staff coach for four years (1996-2000)
with the Region II Olympic Development Program. In 1995, he
was responsible for the ODP and Coaching Education program
with the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association.
McClements has both a professional and collegiate playing
background. He played two years in the National Professional
Soccer League, in 1989 with the Dayton Dynamo and in 1990
with the Chicago Power. In 1988, he was with New Jersey in
the American Professional Soccer League.
McClements attended Indiana University for two years, red-shirting
as a freshman in 1983 when the Hoosiers were national champions
and playing in 1984 when the team was NCAA runner-up. He completed
his college career (1985-87) at Wheaton College, making two
post-season appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.
McClements carries a United States Soccer Federation A-License
and has received a National Soccer Coaches Association of
Tim and his wife Karen have a daughter, Paige (6), and a
son, Ian (2).