June 14, 2012
Gerry Cleary is a Renaissance man in American soccer and has been part of growing and improving the beautiful game at every level. Simultaneously, Cleary coaches at the youth, college, and semi-pro level. A busy man you might say.
As a top youth player in his native Ireland, Cleary made the choice to come to America to get his education and play college soccer. He did both, excelling on and off the pitch at Lambuth University. He was a three-time NAIA All-American, a four-time All-Conference selection, and two-time Mid South Player of the Year. Cleary also played in the USL’s Premier Development League for two seasons.
Eventually his attention turned to coaching, where he has experienced even greater success. Two NAIA National Championships, two NAIA/Brine National Coach of the Year honors, and two NSCAA/Adidas NAIA National Coach of the Year honors are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to accolades and hardware collected during Cleary’s tenure at Martin Methodist College.
At Martin, he spent 8 years at the helm of the women’s soccer program before taking over on the men’s side, where he is beginning his 2nd season in charge.