Mike Noonan

Michael Noonan (June 30, 1961) is a retired American soccer player who played professionally in the American Indoor Soccer Association and is currently the head coach of the Clemson University men's soccer team.

Mike Noonan
Personal information
Full name Michael Noonan[1]
Date of birth (1961-06-30) June 30, 1961[2]
Place of birth Westport, Connecticut
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Youth career
1979–1982 Middlebury College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Louisville Thunder (indoor)
1986–1988 Fort Wayne Flames (indoor) 37 (2)
Teams managed
1983 Bates (assistant)
1986–1989 Vermont (assistant)
1989–1990 Wheaton (IL)
1991–1994 New Hampshire
1995–2009 Brown
2010– Clemson Tigers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Noonan attended Middlebury College, playing on the men's soccer team from 1979 to 1982. He was a 1981 and 1982 Division III NCAA First Team All American.[3][4] Noonan played for the Louisville Thunder in the American Indoor Soccer Association. In 1986, he signed with the Fort Wayne Flames where he spent two seasons. In 2017, Noonan was inducted into the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame for his playing time there.[5]

Coaching career

In 1989, Noonan was hired as head coach of the Wheaton College men's soccer team. The team had a 4–11–0 record his first season, but he took them to a 12–5–1 record his second season. This led to a move to the University of New Hampshire where he coached from 1991 to 1994. In 1995, he became head coach of the Brown University's men's soccer team. Noonan compiled a 160–77–31 record with ten NCAA post-season tournament appearances in fifteen seasons with the Bears. On January 5, 2010, Clemson University announced they had hired Noonan as head coach of the men's soccer team.[6] Noonan enjoyed some success with the Tigers. In 2014, Noonan led the Tigers to ACC regular season and tournament titles. In 2015 he led them to the College Cup Final, but ultimately lost to Stanford. In 2016, Clemson finished runners up in the ACC Tournament and made it to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. In 2017, Noonan obtained his 300th career coaching win in a game against South Carolina.[7] This includes wins from his time as assistant coach.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wheaton Thunder (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) (1989–1990)
1989 Wheaton 4–11–0
1990 Wheaton 12–5–1
Wheaton: 16–16–1
New Hampshire Wildcats (North Atlantic Conference) (1991–1994)
1991 New Hampshire 10–6–4
1992 New Hampshire 9–7–3
1993 New Hampshire 14–5–0
1994 New Hampshire 15–5–2NCAA Division I First Round
New Hampshire: 48–23–9
Brown Bears[8] (Ivy League) (1995–2009)
1995 Brown 16–4–06–1–0T–1stNCAA Division I Third Round
1996 Brown 8–5–41–3–3T–6th
1997 Brown 11–6–15–1–1T–1stNCAA Division I First Round
1998 Brown 12–2–35–0–2T–1stNCAA Division I First Round
1999 Brown 13–5–05–2–0T–2ndNCAA Division I Second Round
2000 Brown 13–6–17–0–01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2001 Brown 7–7–25–1–1T–1st
2002 Brown 5–8–41–4–27th
2003 Brown 10–4–36–0–11stNCAA Division I First Round
2004 Brown 8–7–24–3–0T–2nd
2005 Brown 11–5–25–1–1T–1stNCAA Division I Second Round
2006 Brown 11–5–33–2–23rdNCAA Division I Second Round
2007 Brown 15–2–17–0–01stNCAA Division I First Round
2008 Brown 9–7–13–4–05th
2009 Brown 11–3–65–2–02ndNCAA Division I Second Round
Brown: 149–74–2668–24–13
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Clemson 5–8–42–4–27th
2011 Clemson 8–8–24–4–07th
2012 Clemson 6–9–53–2–3T–4th
2013 Clemson 11–7–35–4–2T–4thNCAA Division I First Round
2014 Clemson 12–7–35–2–1T–NCAA Division I Third Round
2015 Clemson 17–3–46–1–12nd (Atlantic)NCAA Division I Runner-up
2016 Clemson 14–4–54–1–33rd (Atlantic)NCAA Division I Quarterfinal
2017 Clemson 12–6–14–4–03rd (Atlantic)NCAA Division I Second Round
2018 Clemson 7–9–12–6–06th (Atlantic)
2019 Clemson 17–2–16–2–11st (Atlantic)
Clemson: 109–63–2941–30–13

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Class of 2011 - Connecticut Soccer Hall Of Fame". ctsoccerhalloffame.org.
  2. "2013 Clemson Men's Soccer Media Guide".
  3. Inc., Advanced Solutions International. "Awards". www.nscaa.com.
  4. Inc., Advanced Solutions International. "Awards". www.nscaa.com.
  5. "Mike Noonan Named to Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame". clemsontigers.com. Clemson Athletics. April 12, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  6. "Mike Noonan Named Clemson Men's Head Soccer Coach". Archived from the original on June 20, 2010.
  7. "No. 5-Seed Clemson Hosts No. 12-Seed Syracuse in ACC Tournament First Round". theacc.com. Clemson University. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  8. "Brown Bears 2009 Media Guide" (PDF). brownbears.com. p. 28. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
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