Clerihew, who begins his second year as an assistant coach in 2016-17, joined the Yale staff with 17 years of experience both as a head coach and an assistant. He spent three years as the head coach at Franklin Pierce University where he guided the Ravens to the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament and three appearances in the NE-10 Tournament.
Clerihew served as the head coach at Mars Hill College from 2009-11 and guided the program to unprecedented heights during his three seasons, compiling a 35-19-6 record (.633). He led the 2011 team to the first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in program history, advancing to the round of 16 and finishing the season ranked 17th in the nation. His 2010 team was ranked 13th in the nation for a portion of the season, the highest national ranking in program history.
Prior to Mars Hill, Clerihew served as an assistant coach at three major Division I programs – Villanova of the Big East (2008), Duke of the ACC (2007) and St. John’s of the Big East (2006). Both Duke and St. John’s earned berths in the NCAA Tournament during his tenure, and he helped the Red Storm to a Big East championship.
Clerihew’s other collegiate coaching experience includes Northern Illinois, Akron and Linfield College. At Northern Illinois, Clerihew helped guide the Huskies to the second biggest turnaround in the nation – going from a three-win team in 2003 to a 12-win team in 2004. As a graduate assistant at Akron in 2002, he helped lead the Zips to a Mid-American Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
In his 17 years of coaching, Clerihew’s team have posted 14 winning seasons and a combined record of 187-120-22.
Clerihew enjoyed an outstanding college career as a player for Seattle Pacific University from 1990-93. The team reached the Division II NCAA Tournament in each of his four years, including making three trips to the Final Four and winning the national championship in 1993.
He earned his undergraduate degree in marketing from Seattle Pacific and a master’s degree in sport science from Akron.
“Ian and I have known each other for the past 10 years when we were assistants together at Northern Illinois,” Yale head coach Kylie Stannard said. “He is someone that I trust wholeheartedly and is an excellent coach that works very hard and genuinely cares about everyone he encounters. He has won the ultimate prize [national championship] as a player and has been a successful coach wherever he has been. Ian has seen the entire gamut of college soccer as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. He has helped build and re-build programs, sustain elite level programs, and elevate other good programs to further success. I can’t be happier with having Ian as my top assistant and right hand man in getting Yale men’s soccer back to competing for an Ivy League championship.”
Ian and his wife Teresa are originally from the Pacific Northwest.