Clarksville Soccer Club Names New Director of Coaching
The Clarksville Soccer Club is excited to announce Kean Barclay as the club’s Director of Coaching and Player Development. Barclay brings a level of coaching experience that ranges from two professional teams in the English Premiership and a university in Scotland to all three NCAA Divisions, high school, club and a state Olympic Development Program.
A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Barclay was the top assistant coach last year at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) responsible for recruitment, trainings, game scheduling, academic oversight, scouting, film sharing and coordination.
"The Clarksville Soccer Club is an exciting new challenge for me," Barclay said. "The club has made huge strides in developing their athletes, and I look forward to working with the board of directors, coaches, parents and players to continue that trend.”
Prior to his coaching position at NKU, Barclay was the head coach for the men's soccer program at East Central College (ECC) in Union, Missouri for four seasons from 2011 to 2015. During his last two seasons at ECC, the team earned a birth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 16 Tournament, where they reached the finals both seasons. In the 2014 campaign, Barclay was named the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and ECC captured the MCCAC Conference Championship. Under his direction the program had reached a top 20 national ranking, as high as #11 at one point during his final season.
In England, Barclay completed coaching observations with West Ham United in London and with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he worked closely with Mick McCarthy, former National Team Coach for the Republic of Ireland. During a three year stint of living, studying, and playing in Scotland, Coach Barclay was the head coach of the second team at the University of Abertay-Dundee in 2003-2004, which competed in the Scottish University Division.
Prior to his appointment as head coach at Abertay, Barclay played for the squad from 2002-2003 and helped the team reach the semi-finals of the European University Soccer Tournament in 2003 in Spain. He also played and trained with Carnoustie Panmure FC (2003-2004) and Lochore Welfare FC (2002-2003) in Scotland.
Barclay served as assistant coach at NCAA Division 1 Longwood University in Virginia, where the team advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic Soccer Conference in 2007. As an assistant coach at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, he helped the NCAA D-III University advance to the championship of the American Southwest Conference in 2008. His NCAA Division II experience includes a coaching internship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Barclay has been invited to serve as a staff coach at university soccer camps throughout the country, including Old Dominion University in Virginia, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas, Missouri State University, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, University of Missouri S&T and the University of New Mexico.
At the youth level, Barclay served as co-head coach at Brebeuf High School in Indiana and head coach of the U-15 and U-14 boys in 2009 for Sporting Arkansas, the largest youth club in Arkansas. During that time, he also was a staff coach for the Arkansas Olympic Development Program.
Barclay holds the Masters of Education degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Indiana University and a Higher National Diploma in Sport, Heath, and Exercise from the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. His coaching credentials include the Director of Coaching certification from the NSCAA, a USSF National ‘C’ License, a Coaching Endorsement from Indiana University – Indianapolis and coaching certificates from the Scottish Football (Soccer) Association. He is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
You will begin seeing Coach Barclay at Heritage Park immediately and will also begin hearing from him soon in future communications from CSC. Please take an opportunity to welcome him to our Club!
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