By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gerry Cleary, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) head coach, has been named the 2013 Select Sport America-NAIA Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year, the NAIA announced Friday at the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. In just his third season at the helm of the men’s soccer program at Martin Methodist, Cleary led the RedHawks to their first-ever NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
In 2013, the RedHawks, who compiled an 18-3-2 record, were one of the NAIA’s most balanced squads, ranking among the top 10 nationally in assists (8th, 52), shutouts (9th, 9) and goals (10th, 66). Martin Methodist ended the season on a 13-match unbeaten streak, including a 2-1 overtime win against Southern States Athletic Conference rival Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in the championship final. The RedHawks also captured the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title to earn their automatic bid to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
Individually, Martin Methodist had five players named to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship All-Tournament Team: forwards Sean Dong and Michael Fulton, midfielder Jonathan Remond, defender Daniel Dunleavy and goalkeeper Stephen Lunney, Dong was also named the National Championship’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Lunney was both the National Championship’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player. Dunleavy, a second-team NAIA Men’s Soccer All-American, was the lone RedHawk to achieve All-America status.
For his career, Cleary owns a combined 176-43-14 at the helm of the Martin Methodist men’s and women’s soccer programs. In his eight years as the women’s head coach, Cleary went 137-27-11, including banner years in 2005 and 2007, when the RedHawks brought home NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship titles and Cleary was named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year and the NSCAA-NAIA Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year.
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