Fordham University Director of Athletics Dave Roach announced today the appointment of former Boston University associate head coach Jessica Clinton as the new head women’s soccer coach for the Rams.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Jessica Clinton to Fordham,” said Roach. “After an extensive search it became clear that Jessica was the individual we wanted to lead our women’s soccer program. Her experience, passion and drive make her the ideal person to coach our soccer student-athletes. I look forward to working with Jessica and anticipate a bright future for women’s soccer here at Fordham.”
Clinton arrives at Rose Hill after serving on the staff of her alma mater, Boston University, for the past six years, first as an assistant coach from 2008-2012 and then as the associate head coach in 2013.
This past fall, Clinton helped the Terriers to the Patriot League regular season and tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Boston University, who entered the NCAAs ranked 25th in the nation, defeated Harvard University in the first round before falling to ninth-ranked Santa Clara, 2-1, in the second round. Nine members of the team received All-Patriot League honors while four received NSCAA All-Region accolades.
As an assistant coach, Clinton guided Boston University to America East Conference regular season titles for five straight years (2008-2012) and four consecutive tournament championships (2008-2011). The Terries received NCAA Tournament bids each season from 2008 through 2011. The 2011 season was the best in program history as Boston University went 19-3-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after claiming their fifth straight America East title. The Terriers had a program-best 14 game winning streak that fall en route to securing the most victories in a single season (19).
Prior to her stint at Boston University, Clinton served as an assistant coach at St. John’s from 2007 to 2008. Clinton has also coached within the youth club NEFC since 2009.
Clinton has been a member of the U13 and U15 Region 1 Olympic Development Staff since 2009 and a Senior Staff member for the U15 age group.
As a player at Boston University, Clinton was one of the Terriers’ most accomplished keepers. She sits at the top of the school record books in saves in a season (98) and saves in a career (312), while also ranking seventh in career goals-against average (1.10) and sixth in career save percentage (.802).
The 2003 America East Goalkeeper of the Year, Clinton was a member of three AE championship teams (2000, 2001, 2003). She was an America East All-Conference First Team honoree in 2001 and 2003, while collecting NSCAA All-Northeast Region Team honors as a senior. In addition, Clinton trained with the Boston Breakers of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) for one season in 2003.
Clinton is a holder of a LIJSL/ENY Youth Soccer Association State “A” Coaching License, NSCAA National and Advanced Diplomas, as well as a USSF “C” License. She also received the Bob McNulty award which is named in honor of Bob McNulty, a former national staff coach, who instructed “C” courses for many years. The award is given candidates who best represent coaching and the important role it plays in the development of young people.
The Valley Stream, NY, native graduated from Boston University in 2004 with a degree in hospitality administration.
“I would like to thank Director of Intercollegiate Athletics David Roach, Senior Associate Athletic Director Marianne Reilly, and the entire search committee for this tremendous opportunity,” said Clinton. “It is a great honor to lead this program into the future and I am excited to begin this journey with the student athletes.”
“I would like to thank Nancy Feldman, Head Coach at Boston University for the opportunity to grow and develop under her leadership. It has be a privilege to work alongside Nancy. I would also like to thank the Mike Lynch (Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics) and Drew Marrochello (Deputy Director of Athletics) for all of their wonderful support and guidance. It is an honor to be a part of the Boston University community and I wish them continued success.”