College Coaching Vacancies

Martin Clayes Westminster Blue Jays soccer

Martin Clayes (center) following 2012 SLIAC Championship

A week prior to National Signing Day on February 6th, there are several area programs seeking Head Coaches, including a pair of GLVC Men’s openings.

Missouri S&T Head Coach Joe Ahearn has accepted an Assistant’s position at Northwestern University, taking his family back to Chicago where he spent most of his career. He replaces Neil Jones who was named Head Coach at Loyola. Jones is the ninth Northwestern assistant coach from Lenahan’s staff to land a head coaching position.

Ahearn’s Chicago experience includes three seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul University where he played his collegiate soccer. Prior to that, he worked as the equipment operations coordinator for the United States Soccer Federation and traveled with the national team to the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. He also traveled with the team when it took part in the Under-20 World Championships in Argentina.

Ahearn is a 2000 graduate of DePaul, where he played in 67 games over his four-year career for the Blue Demons and started in every game in his last three years. He was selected to the Conference USA all-league team as a third-team selection following the 1999 season and was chosen as his team’s most valuable player. He is a St Louis native.

The McKendree Bearcats are seeking a new Men’s Head Coach as well. Per their ad posted January 16th

McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois, is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a full-time head coach for the men’s soccer program. The McKendree University soccer program is in its provisional year of NCAA Division II membership. The Bearcats compete as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The

Donny Sheahan was promoted from assistant to Head Coach in 2012 when Tim Strange chose to handle just the Women’s program as the University began its inaugural D2 season. The team finished 9-8 overall, 7-8 within the Conference but only 4-6 at home.

In the D3 SLIAC, a series of tweets by Head Coach Martin Clayes at Westminster (pictured above, center) points to a change at that school.

Clayes came to Westminster from Truman State University in 2010, where he served as the women’s assistant soccer coach for two years. He previously served as the Truman State men’s assistant and then worked as a personal trainer is St. Louis. Clayes had an All-American career as a member of the Truman State men’s team, leading the team is assists in each of his four letter-winning seasons from 2002-05. He led Truman State to a pair of NCAA tournaments and completed a degree in exercise science at Truman State. Clayes played professionally with the St. Louis Lions of the USL in 2007 and 2008.

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