Head Men’s & Women’s Soccer Coach- Martin Clayes 2020 – Present
Union, MO (February 4, 2020)
The excitement surrounding the announcement of the addition of new sports teams at East Central College is taking shape as Martin Clayes has been named the new, full time combined men’s and women’s head soccer coach at the college.
Clayes is moving from his previous position as head men’s soccer coach at St. Louis Community College, where he won the 2019 NJCAA Region 16 Men’s DI Soccer Tournament in his first year in the position. He will oversee the starting of new women’s program with great anticipation. His hopes are to elevate the women’s program to compete for the region title in same way he feels the men’s program is ready to compete in the near future.
Coach Clayes has a very knowledgeable soccer mind along with a passion for the sport. A native of Scotland, Clayes came to the United States on a soccer scholarship to Truman State University where he was a member of the Bulldogs soccer squad during their most successful run in school history. In 2005, he was named an NCAA DII 1st Team All-American as a midfielder. He ranks #2 all-time in career assists and #7 in career goals for the Truman State Bulldogs.
During his coaching career he has made a number stops at institutions throughout the United States. He has been the head coach of the men’s program at Westminster College (MO), SUNY Maritime (NY) and Bacone College (OK). He has also served in an assistant role for the University of North Texas, Truman State and Tulsa University (volunteer).
Along with his college experience, Clayes has coached at the professional level in the PDL with the St. Louis Lions and Chicago Fire. He has also spent time coaching at the youth level as well.
Clayes possesses a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and a Master’s of Science in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL. His coaching licenses include a United States Soccer Federation A License, NSCAA. USC Director of Coaching Diploma & Goalkeeper Diploma and Scottish Youth D License. He also big proponent of fitness and holds an English Football Association of Fitness for Football certificate.
As the 2020 season approaches, Clayes hopes to fill an entire roster for the women’s team at East Central College and build the men’s team into a contender right away. Time will be of the essence as Coach Clayes works diligently to complete the 2020 schedule and get the Falcons soaring on the pitch.