UND Staff

Bobby Clark

Head Coach


Alma Mater:
Jordanhill College ’67

17 seasons at Notre Dame: 216-93-55 (.669)
31 seasons overall as a Head Coach: 369-156-80 (.676)

There was nothing unlucky about Bobby Clark’s 13th season on the University of Notre Dame sidelines as he guided the Fighting Irish to the 2013 NCAA title, the first for the program. Winning the national championship was the latest achievement on a long list of impressive accomplishments during an amazing playing and coaching career for the Scotland native. ??

Since coming to Notre Dame in January of 2001, Clark has engineered a great turnaround. In the two seasons prior to his arrival, the program suffered consecutive losing campaigns, but under Clark, Notre Dame has compiled a winning record every season en route to an impressive 216-93-56 (.669) mark. The Fighting Irish have been ranked in the final United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll in 15 of Clark’s 17 seasons. ??

Clark wasted little time in bringing the Notre Dame program back into the national forefront. In his first season in 2001, the Irish flourished under his guidance and earned an NCAA Championship berth for the first time since 1996. That was the first of 16 NCAA tournament appearances during Clark’s first 17 seasons at Notre Dame. ??

The charismatic and affable Fighting Irish leader also has led his Notre Dame squads to two BIG EAST tournament titles (2003 & 2012), three BIG EAST regular-season crowns (2004, 2007 & 2008), a share of the 2013 ACC regular-season championship in the program’s first season in the challenging league, and the outright 2014 ACC Coastal Division championship title.

During Clark’s Notre Dame tenure, there have been a total of 15 Irish honorees on United Soccer Coaches All-America squads, most recently third-team selection Brandon Aubrey in 2016. Some 10 conference players of the year, including 2016 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jon Gallagher, have suited up for Notre Dame under Clark, along with 30 all-conference first team selections, 11 CoSIDA Academic All-America recipients, and 27 MLS SuperDraft choices (20 since 2008).
Notre Dame finished the national title-winning 2013 campaign with a remarkable 17-1-6 record while playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country. The Irish opened the season with a 13-game unbeaten streak, which catapulted them to No. 1 in the national polls for the first time in program history. After suffering their lone loss of the season to Virginia, 2-0, the Fighting Irish finished the campaign with a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) and outscored their opponents 25-8 during that stretch en route to the title. In their five-game run through the NCAA tournament, the Fighting Irish owned a 14-4 scoring advantage over their competition. ??

Winning has been synonymous with Clark wherever he has been. His 30-year resume has produced a glossy .676 winning percentage. Clark’s teams have posted a 369-156-80 mark during his collegiate coaching tenure. Prior to becoming Notre Dame’s fifth head coach, he had successful coaching stints at Dartmouth (1985-93) and Stanford (1996-2000). Clark became Notre Dame’s all-time wins leader during the 2011 campaign. For his dedication and commitment to the Fighting Irish men’s soccer program, the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded Clark with an honorary monogram in June of 2011. 

??Regarded as one of the premier tacticians of the game, Clark has built a reputation of being a true players’ coach; he’s an individual who relates easily to the needs of his players both on and off the field. Clark also has shown that he is very capable of reloading talent without having his team miss a beat on the field. ?

?Clark and his staff have consistently brought in nationally-ranked recruiting classes that keep the Fighting Irish in contention for league and national success year in and year out. 

Notre Dame Highlights:
• 2013 National Championship
• 16 NCAA Championship Appearances in 17 Seasons
• 2015 ACC Championship Runner-Up
• 2014 ACC Coastal Division Champion
• 2013 United Soccer Coaches Division I Coach of the Year
• 2013 ACC Regular-Season Co-Champion
• 2013 ACC Coach of the Year
• 2 BIG EAST Tournament Titles (2003 & 2012)
• 3 BIG EAST Regular-Season Titles (2004, 2007, 2008)
• 2-Time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2001 & 2004)
• 16 United Soccer Coaches All-America Selections
• 31 First Team All-Conference Selections
• 10 Conference Players of the Year
• 13 Academic All-Americans
• 17 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Selections
• 27 MLS SuperDraft Picks
• 20 MLS SuperDraft Picks Since 2008 
• Joseph Lapira – 2006 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
• Matt Besler – 2008 United Soccer Coaches Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Harrison Shipp – 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, United Soccer Coaches Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Patrick Hodan – 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year

Prior to being named head coach at Notre Dame, Clark spent five seasons at Stanford where he produced the most successful era in the history of the Cardinal program. When he arrived on the Palo Alto, California, campus, he inherited a team that had produced consecutive 5-12 campaigns and had not posted a winning record in four years. In his five seasons at Stanford, Clark turned the program around, creating a consistent national powerhouse. 

As Director of Soccer, Clark oversaw both the Cardinal men’s and women’s programs and specifically served as the head coach of the men’s program. In his five seasons at the helm of the Cardinal men, Clark compiled a 71-21-12 (.740) record and guided Stanford to the NCAA Championship each of his last four years (1997-2000), and his 1998 squad was the national runner-up. 

His final season with the Cardinal, the 2000 campaign, ranked as one of the most successful in Stanford history. The 18-3-1 record matched the school standard for wins in a season (tying the mark set by his 1998 team). His teams spent two weeks ranked No. 1 in the country, marking the first time Stanford had ever been atop a collegiate poll in men’s soccer. The Cardinal had 13 players win all-Pac-10 accolades. Included in that number was Ryan Nelsen, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, as well as the NSCAA/adidas Collegiate Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In NCAA play, Clark’s team defeated Cal State Fullerton (4-0) and Illinois-Chicago (6-0) before falling in the quarterfinals to SMU (2-1). 

Clark led Stanford to its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 1999 and the season ended in the first round as Santa Clara won a penalty kick shootout following a 2-2 draw. The 1998 season saw Clark direct the best season in the history of Stanford soccer. Not only did the Cardinal win its first NCAA tournament match, it advanced three steps further to the NCAA title game. Stanford fell to Indiana, 3-1, in the final to finish with a No. 2 national ranking. The team won a school-record 18 matches (18-5-2), surpassing the mark of 16 wins recorded in 1978. Following the season, Clark’s son Jamie became the first Cardinal to be named to the NSCAA All-America First Team. 

In his first season at Stanford in 1996, Clark led the Cardinal to a 10-4-4 record, its first winning season since 1992, and was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mountain (MPSF) Division Coach of the Year. The 1997 campaign was a break-out year for the program as Stanford posted a 13-5-2 record, earned its first MPSF Mountain Division title, its first top-10 ranking and its first trip to the NCAA Championship in five years. Following the 1997 season, Clark was named NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year and garnered MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. 

Clark began his collegiate coaching career as the head coach at Dartmouth College from 1985-93. In nine seasons, Clark compiled an 82-42-13 record (.646) and led the Big Green to three Ivy titles (1988, 1990 and 1992) and a pair of NCAA quarterfinal appearances. Clark’s Dartmouth teams were ranked in the top-10 for four consecutive seasons, and he was twice named the NSCAA Region I Coach of the Year (1990, 1992). His 1990 team finished eighth in the final Intercollegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. 

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Clark compiled an impressive soccer background as both coach and player. From 1994-96, as head coach of the New Zealand National Team, he produced a 21-12-3 mark while working with the Senior National Team and the Olympic squad along with the U-20 and U-17 teams. 

For his efforts, Clark was awarded the 1995 Jim McCullen Trophy, given by the New Zealand national media to the person who did the most for New Zealand soccer. Along with his international coaching experience in New Zealand, Clark also coached in Africa and in his native Scotland. In Zimbabwe, he was Director of Coaching with the Bulawayo Highlanders in the Zimbabwean Super League for the 1983-84 season. In Scotland, he was the Youth coach with Aberdeen F.C. in the Scottish Premier League. He was also one of the Scottish Football Association’s staff coaches. 

Prior to coaching, Clark enjoyed a distinguished professional career in the Scottish League. From 1962-82, he made more than 800 first-team appearances, 696 of which were with the Aberdeen Dons from 1965-1982. With the Dons, Clark won the 1970 Scottish Cup, the 1976 League Cup and the 1980 Premier League Championship. Clark, who represented Scotland at every level of professional soccer, was involved in three of Scotland’s World Cup campaigns as a player in 1970, 1974 and 1978, contributing to the Scottish squad that advanced to the finals of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. 

Clark’s success in Aberdeen is legendary. In 2002, he was honored by the team as one of its top-25 members of all-time. In two Scottish off-seasons, Clark played professionally for the Washington Whips of the United Soccer Association (1967), and the San Antonio Thunder of the North American Soccer League (1976). 

In February of 2009, Clark saw his 38-year British record for consecutive scoreless minutes snapped by Manchester United’s Edwin Van der Sar. Clark went 1,155 minutes without allowing a goal while playing with the Aberdeen Dons during the 1970-71 Scottish first division season. 

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Clark graduated from Jordanhill College in 1967. He and his wife Bette have three children: Tommy, Jennifer and Jamie. 

Tommy, a 1992 graduate of Dartmouth, earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He was a regional All-American while playing with the Big Green – and played professional soccer in Zimbabwe, New Zealand and New Mexico. He and his wife are graduates of the Medical School at Dartmouth. They have two children, Hugh and Annabell. 

Tommy is the founder and CEO of Grassroot Soccer, an international AIDS awareness and education organization that reaches youth in Africa through soccer clinics. 

Jennifer, a 1994 Dartmouth graduate, served as an assistant for three years to former Stanford women’s soccer head coach Steve Swanson. She also spent time as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Middlebury College. Jennifer is married to former Notre Dame assistant men’s tennis coach Mike Morgan. The couple has three children, Tamhas, Rory and Mhairi. 

Clark’s youngest son, Jamie, graduated from Stanford in 1999. A two-time All-American, he played professionally for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Raith Rovers in Scotland. After serving as an assistant coach under his father for two years at Notre Dame (2006 & 2007), Jamie accepted the head coaching position at Harvard University. Following two successful seasons with the Crimson, he was at the helm of the Creighton University program during the 2010 campaign before taking the head coaching job at the University of Washington in January of 2011. He and his wife, Kate, have one daughter, Noel. 

Jamie is just one of the coaches who has worked under the elder Clark that is now at the helm of their own program. Brian Wiese currently is the head coach at Georgetown University, Mike Avery has the same position at Valparaiso University, and Chad Riley serves as the Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at Dartmouth. Castleton State (Vt.) head coach John O’Connor worked under Clark at Dartmouth as did Geoff Wheeler, who is the head coach at Wesleyan University.

The Bobby Clark File

Coaching Experience

1977-82 Youth Coach, 
Aberdeen F.C. Scottish Premier League
1983-84 Director of Coaching, 
Bulawayo Highlanders, Zimbabwe Super League
1985-93 Head Men’s Coach, 
Dartmouth College
1996-2000 Head Men’s Coach, 
Stanford University
2001-present Head Men’s Coach, 
University of Notre Dame

Playing Experience

1962-65 Queens Park, 
Scottish 2nd Division
1965-82 Aberdeen, 
Scottish Premier League
1967 Washington Whips, 
United Soccer Association
1970, 1974 Member of Scotland World Cup Qualifying Squad
1976 San Antonio Thunder, 
North American Soccer League
1978 Member of Scotland World Cup Squad


Year W L T Pct. Ivy W Ivy L Ivy T Pct. Postseason
1985 6 7 1 .464 3 3 1 .500 N/A
1986 9 3 3 .700 3 1 3 .643 N/A
1987 10 3 1 .750 4 2 1 .643 N/A
1988 10 4 0 .714 6 1 0 .857 IVY LEAGUE CHAMPION
1989 7 6 1 .536 3 4 0 .429 N/A
1990 14 2 2 .833 5 1 1 .786 IVY LEAGUE CHAMPION/NCAA Quarterfinal
1991 6 6 3 .500 4 3 0 .571 N/A
1992 11 5 2 .667 6 1 0 .857 IVY LEAGUE CHAMPION/NCAA Quarterfinal
1993 9 6 0 .600 2 5 0 .400 N/A
(9 yrs) 82 42 13 .646 36 21 6 .619 Three Ivy League Championships/Two NCAA Appearances
Year W L T Pct. CONF W CONF L CONF T Pct. Postseason
1996 10 4 4 .667 1 2 1 .375 N/A
1997 13 5 2 .700 3 0 1 .875 NCAA First Round
1998 18 5 2 .760 5 2 2 .667 NCAA RUNNER-UP
1999 12 4 3 .711 5 1 1 .786 NCAA First Round
2000 18 3 1 .841 6 2 0 .750 NCAA Quarterfinal
(5 yrs) 71 21 12 .740 20 7 5 .703 Four NCAA Appearances/One NCAA College Cup Appearance
Year W L T Pct. CONF W CONF L CONF T Pct. Postseason
2001 12 7 0 .632 7 3 0 .700 BIG EAST Semifinal/NCAA First Round
2002 12 6 3 .643 6 3 1 .650 BIG EAST Quarterfinal/NCAA Round of 32
2003 16 3 4 .783 6 3 1 .650 BIG EAST CHAMPION/NCAA Round of 16
2004 13 3 3 .763 8 1 1 .850 BIG EAST Quartefinal/NCAA Round of 32
2005 12 8 3 .587 6 4 1 .591 BIG EAST Quarterfinal/NCAA Round of 16
2006 15 6 2 .696 8 3 0 .727 BIG EAST Quarterfinal/NCAA Quarterfinal
2007 14 5 5 .688 7 0 4 .818 BIG EAST Runner-Up/NCAA Quarterfinal
2008 12 7 2 .619 7 2 2 .727 BIG EAST Semifinal/NCAA Round of 32
2009 11 8 4 .565 8 3 0 .727 BIG EAST Runner-Up/NCAA Round of 32
2010 10 6 4 .600 6 2 1 .722 BIG EAST Semifinal/NCAA Round of 32
2011 9 5 4 .611 5 3 1 .611 BIG EAST First Round
2012 17 4 1 .795 5 2 1 .688 BIG EAST CHAMPION/NCAA Round of 16
2013 17 1 6 .833 7 1 3 .773 ACC Semifinal/NCAA CHAMPION
2014 12 5 4 .667 6 1 1 .813 ACC Semifinal/NCAA Round of 16
2015 11 5 6 .636 4 2 2 .625 ACC Runner-Up/NCAA Round of 16
2016 12 7 2 .619 3 3 2 .500 ACC Quarterfinal/NCAA Round of 16 
2017 11 7 2 .600 3 2 2 .500 ACC Semifinal/NCAA Round of 32 
(17 yrs) 216 93 55 .669 102 38 22 .698 Two BIG EAST Championships/16 NCAA Appearances, One NCAA Champion


Year W L T Pct. CONF W CONF L CONF T Pct. Postseason
(31 yrs)
369 156 80 .676 174 66 34 .697 Five Conference Championships/22 NCAA Appearances, Two NCAA College Cup Appearances, One NCAA Champion