Joe Clarke
Joe Clarke
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (314) 935-5174
Email: joec@wustl.edu
Year: 18th Season
SCHOOL W L T % UAA NCAA
SLU
1983 15 4 2 .762 - Quarterfinal
1984 11 5 3 .658 - 2nd Round
1985 10 7 4 .571 - -
1986 13 5 2 .667 - 1st Round
1987 12 6 5 .630 - 1st Round
1988 18 4 2 .760 - 1st Round
1989 18 5 2 .760 - 1st Round
1990 18 5 2 .760 - 2nd Round
1991 20 2 2 .875 - Final Four
1992 18 4 1 .804 - 2nd Round
1993 16 5 1 .750 - 2nd Round 
1994 16 6 0 .727 - 1st Round
1995 15 6 1 .705 - 1st Round 
1996 5 10 3 .361 - -
TOTAL 205 74 30 .712 - 12 NCAAs
 
WashU
1997 14 6 0 .700 4th 2nd Round
1998 11 7 2 .600 3rd 1st Round
1999 14 4 2 .714 1st 2nd Round
2000 11 7 0 .611 3rd -
2001 11 4 2 .706 3rd -
2002 8 8 2 .500 5th -
2003 10 5 4 .632 3rd -
2004 12 5 2 .684 3rd -
2005 8 7 4 .526 6th -
2006 12 4 2 .722 2nd 1st Round
2007 16 5 2 .739 3rd Quarterfinal
2008 12 5 1 .694 4th -
2009 9 7 3 .553 4th -
2010 14 1 5 .825 2nd 2nd Round
2011 15 4 1 .775 1st 2nd Round
2012 10 5 2 .647 1st 1st Round
2013 10 4 3 .676 4th -
TOTAL 197 88 37 .669 3 UAAs 8 NCAAs
CAREER 402 162 67 .690 3 UAAs 20 NCAAs

Joe Clarke has continued Washington University's tradition as a soccer power, having led the Bears to a 197-88-37 (.669) record in 17 seasons. Clarke, the head coach at Saint Louis University for 14 years, was named Washington U.'s sixth men's soccer coach in May 1997 and begins his 18th season with the Bears in 2014.

Clarke has guided the WU men's soccer team to 16 winning seasons during his tenure on the Danforth Campus, and he has won at least 11 games in 11 of those campaigns. He has mentored four individuals to National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors, as well as four Academic All-Americans during his career at Washington U.

In 2012, Clarke led a young team, who endured injuries to several key players along the way, to a 10-5-2 record and a share of the University Athletic Association (UAA) title for the second year in a row. The Bears also made their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears' 2013 squad finished 10-4-3 overall, marking the fourth straight 10+ win season. Clarke became the 17th active coach in NCAA men's soccer to reach 400 career wins with Washington U.'s 3-0 win at Principia Oct. 24, 2013.

In 2011, the Bears posted a 15-4-1 record, securing the program's ninth straight winning season and the second-most single-season wins under Clarke's guidance. The Bears also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, falling 1-0 to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan University.

In 2010, Washington U. started the year with a 10-0-2 record, marking the program's best start to a season since 1979. Clarke earned 2010 NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year accolades for the first time in his career.

In 2007, the Bears won 16 matches and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal for the first time since 1995. The 16 victories are the most under Clarke and the squad's highest win total since that 1995 season. In addition to piloting the Bears to their most successful season in 12 years, Clarke was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Sept. 13, 2007.

Washington U. qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2006 for the 17th time in school history, but the first since 1999. WU finished the season with a 12-4-2 overall record; the Red and Green rallied from an 0-2 start in conference play to finish 4-2-1 for second place in the UAA.

Clarke wasted little time building on Washington U.'s storied soccer tradition. He quickly fused his 1997 team into a formidable unit that advanced to the NCAA regional final – falling to eventual national champion Wheaton College. The Bears finished his first year with a 14-6 ledger.

In 1998, Clarke guided Washington U. back to the NCAA Tournament with an 11-7-2 record. In 1999, the Bears captured their first UAA crown under Clarke and advanced to the regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. In 2000, Clarke led the Bears to an 11-7 record and a third-place finish in the UAA, and in 2001, Clarke guided the Bears to an 11-4-2 overall record.

Over the course of his 31-year career, Clarke has led his teams to 10-plus wins 27 times. Since he came to the Danforth Campus, the Bears have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

During his 14-year tenure (1983-96) with the Billikens, Clarke produced a 205-74-30 record for a .712 winning percentage. Only two of his 14 clubs failed to make the NCAA Tournament. His 1991 squad finished 20-2-2 and made the NCAA Final Four, losing to eventual champion Virginia. It was the Billikens' first appearance in the national semifinals since 1974, when Clarke was a junior on the Billiken soccer team.

Clarke coached several All-Americans at Saint Louis, including 1995 Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year, Matt McKeon. He was named either a conference or region coach of the year three times with the Billikens. In his last six years with the Billikens, Clarke guided SLU to four league championships, including three in the Great Midwest Conference and one in Conference-USA.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Clarke grew up playing in the youth soccer leagues of St. Louis. He graduated to the playing fields of McBride and Normandy High Schools before enrolling at Saint Louis University in 1972, where he graduated with a degree in marketing in 1976.

With the Billikens, Clarke helped Saint Louis U. capture NCAA national championships in 1972 and 1973. A defender, he earned All-America honors in 1975.

Clarke's playing and academic careers were far from over after his collegiate days at Saint Louis. He went on to play for the St. Louis Stars and California Surf of the now-defunct NASL. Clarke earned his law degree at Pepperdine University while with the Surf.

A seven-year professional career came full circle when Clarke returned home to play for the St. Louis Steamers. Following his final pro season with the Steamers in 1982, Clarke was given the opportunity to coach at his alma mater following the retirement of hall-of-famer Harry Keough after the 1982 season.