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Idaho hires Jeremy Clevenger as women’s soccer head coach

Jeremy Clevenger will take over as Idaho women’s soccer head coach after his successful tenure with Northern Iowa. (University of Idaho / Courtesy)
Jeremy Clevenger will take over as Idaho women’s soccer head coach after his successful tenure with Northern Iowa. (University of Idaho / Courtesy)

Jeremy Clevenger, who has more than 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, is set to take over the helm of the Idaho Vandals women’s soccer program, the school announced Wednesday.

Clevenger becomes the fifth head coach in program history.

Clevenger joins the program after two seasons at Northern Iowa. While there, the Panthers saw unprecedented success, setting a number of program records. The team won 14 games in 2017, the most in program history, and recorded 11 shutouts, the most in team and Missouri Valley Conference history. The Panthers advanced to the MVC Tournament Championship game with a pair of shutout wins along the way.

His first season at UNI was also a tremendous success. The Panthers had their highest conference finish in program history at the time, while also setting then-team records for goals, points and shutouts.

Prior to UNI, Clevenger spent four seasons as the head coach of Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. There, Clevenger started the program, and quickly led the team to national prominence with wins over ranked Division II opponents.

He spent one season at Fort Hays (Kansas) State as an assistant with both the men’s and the women’s programs, also in their first seasons as programs. His previous stops include Houston Baptist, Baylor, Ottawa University, Central Missouri and San Joaquin Delta (California) College.

A native of Stockton, California, Clevenger boasts a NSCAA Coaching Diploma and Regional Goalkeeper Diploma, and has a United States Soccer Federation Coaching License. He holds a bachelor’s in kinesiology from San Francisco State University and a master’s in sports and business administration from Central Missouri.

“Jeremy is a proven winner and a great fit to not only maintain the championship-caliber program that has been built here, but to take it to the next level,” Idaho Acting Athletic Director Pete Isakson said. “He brings experience in all areas of running a successful program and has honed his craft under the direction of some of the best coaches in the college game. We are excited to have Jeremy as our head coach and we know he is excited to be a Vandal.”

“I would like to thank Pete Isakson and the search committee for giving me this opportunity to lead Vandal soccer,” Clevenger said. “I was blown away by the university and the people in the athletics department. I am looking forward to getting to work with this talented team and building on their success.”