Gary St. Clair
Gary  St. Clair

Hometown:
Milpitas, Calif.

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
San Jose State (1976)


07/14/2016

San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame Class Adds Spartan Greats

National champions, All-Americans, a first-round draft pick and record-setters are this year's inductees.

07/14/2016

San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame Class Adds Spartan Greats

National champions, All-Americans, a first-round draft pick and record-setters are this year's inductees.

04/01/2015

Women's & Men's Soccer Announce Golf Event

Gary St. Clair and Carolyn Lewis will be honored at the May 1 event.

10/08/2014

Men's Soccer Wraps Three-Game Road Trip At Air Force & UMKC

Spartans are a commbined 21-10-4 against this weeks opponents.

10/01/2014

Men's Soccer Opens WAC Play At CSU Bakersfield

Head Coach Simon Tobin returns to Bakersfield where he coach the 'Runners for 27 seasons.

Phone: (408) 924-1261
Email: gstclair@email.sjsu.edu

In 2013, Gary St. Clair heads into his 24th season as the head coach of the San Jose State University men's soccer program.

As one of only two coaches in the 85-year history of San Jose State men's soccer to reach the 100-win and then 200-win plateaus for coaching victories, legendary coach Julius Menendez is the other, St. Clair begins 2013 with a 213-198-37 record at the major college level. He is a four-time Coach of the Year honoree, twice by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), and twice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the Far West's top field leader.

Over his 23 seasons at the helm of the Spartans program, St. Clair has produced two U.S. national team players, C.J. Brown and Ryan Suarez, three All-Americans, and 78 all-conference honorees. He has had 12 winning seasons, eight with double-digit victory totals.

Three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, St. Clair guided the Spartans into the NCAA Tournament. The 1998 team ended San Jose State's 22-year absence in the NCAA post-season. The Spartans captured the 2000 and 2003 MPSF Tournament titles and reached the final in 2002.

St. Clair's most outstanding team was the 2000 squad that set a school record for wins in a season with 20, earned a number-one national ranking in the NSCAA poll for four weeks and was the only team to finish the regular season unbeaten. San Jose State, which was ranked second and 14th that year in the final Soccer America and NSCAA polls, respectively, went 31 seasons between number-one rankings. The Spartan coach was named the MPSF Mountain Division Coach of the Year and picked up his second NSCAA/adidas Far West Coach of the Year award.

Following the 2003 season, St. Clair earned MPSF Coach of the Year recognition for the second time, as the Spartans went 12-7-2, won the MPSF Tournament and participated in the NCAA Championship.

The first Far West Coach of the Year honor of his career came at the conclusion of a 1994 campaign in which the Spartans went 15-4, for the first time reaching the double-digit wins in his five years at the hlem of the Spartan program.

THE CLASSROOM IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE FIELD

St. Clair puts a much emphasis on work in the classroom as he does on the field. Since joining the MPSF in 2000, his Spartans have earned 31 Academic All-MPSF honors. In 2008 alone, San Jose State had three athletes earn NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region team recognition. In addition, Hiroki Akiyama was named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII selection for a second straight year.

From 2007-11, 18 men's soccer players were San Jose State University Scholar-Athletes and former Spartan Nick Murphy topped all male student-athletes with the highest GPA in 2010-11. He was honored as a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII performer that same year.

Following the 2011 season, the NSCAA honored Murphy with selection to the University Division Men Scholar All-West Region Team. In addition to being honored by the NSCAA, Murphy was named a first-team Academic All-District 8 performer by CoSIDA for the second year in a row. Following the 2012 season, Murphy earned his third CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 honor and was a third-team Capital One Academic All-America.

A SPARTAN FOR LIFE

St. Clair was a two-time all-conference and three-time All-West Coast goalkeeper playing on the 1970 through 1974 Spartan teams. He still shares the school's all-time record for career shutouts with 18. The 1976 San Jose State graduate earned his master's degree from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., in 1984.

A first-round selection of the Dallas Tornado in the 1975 North American Soccer League Draft, St. Clair played for the San Jose Earthquakes in 1976 and the San Diego Jaws in 1977. Throughout the qualifying stages for the 1976 Olympics, he was the primary goalkeeper for the U.S. Olympic men's soccer team. He earned a start in Toluca, Mexico, in a final-round match-up against a Mexico side led by legendary striker Hugo Sanchez.

The native of Milpitas, Calif., holds a United States Soccer Federation National 'A' coaching license. He and his wife, Beverly, reside in San Jose and have two adult children. Kristen has been the women's soccer head coach at NAIA California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., since 2007. Daniel graduated from Shoreline Cavalry College with a degree in biblical studies, and from Cal Poly in December 2005, with a degree in philosophy.

In 2001, St. Clair started the San Jose State Soccer Booster Club, which has since raised over $200,000 for the Spartan men's soccer program.

St. Clair coached 13 seasons locally, seven at West Valley College and six at San Jose's Leland High School, before returning to his alma mater as head coach in 1990. Nine of those teams won league or conference titles.

The St. Clair File
•Eight 10-plus win seasons and12 .500-or-better seasons
• Two-time NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year
• Two-time MPSF Coach of the Year
• Three NCAA Championship appearances
• Two MPSF Tournament championships
• School record 20-1-1 season in 2000; ranked No. 1 in the country
• Coached three NCAA All-Americans
•One former player activecoach in theMajor League Soccer
• Two former players played for the United Statesnational team
• Second-highest career win total inprogram history

Year

W

L

T

Pct.

2012

8

9

1

.472

2011

9

8

3

.525

2010

7

9

3

.447

2009

9

10

1

.475

2008

9

5

4

.611

2007

10

9

0

.526

2006

7

10

1

.417

2005

11

5

3

.658

2004

5

13

1

.289

2003

12

7

2

.619

2002

12

9

0

.571

2001

9

7

4

.550

2000

20

1

1

.932

1999

7

11

2

.389

1998

14

6

1

.700

1997

9

10

0

.474

1996

10

6

3

.625

1995

6

11

1

.353

1994

15

4

0

.789

1993

9

7

2

.563

1992

6

10

3

.375

1991

5

14

1

.293

1990

4

17

0

.190

Total

213

198

37

.517