St. Clair named MPSF men's soccer "Coach of the Year"

WOODLAND, Calif. – SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Men’s Soccer Coach, Gary St. Clair, has been voted 2003 MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year by his fellow MPSF coaches.

St. Clair is in his 14th season at the helm of the Spartan men’s soccer program, guiding his alma mater into the NCAA tournament this fall for the third time in the past four seasons after compiling a 12-6-2 record and winning the MPSF Men’s Soccer Championship. As one of the only two coaches in the 75-year history of the program to reach the 100-win plateau, St. Clair entered the 2003 season with a 126-115-18 major college coaching record. His teams have posted a winning record in each of the last three seasons and seven times over the course of his tenure.

In 2002, the Spartans posted a 12-9-0 record and came within one win of their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past three seasons. In 2001, the team posted a 9-7-4 record after a school-record 20-win season in 2000.

His first winning season was in 1993 when San Jose State had a 9-7-2 record. It was the first time in 10 years that SJSU had a winning record. St. Clair's 2000 squad set a school record for wins in a season and was ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA national poll for four weeks, the first time since 1969 the Spartans have been the top-ranked team in a poll. The squad was undefeated during the regular season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division Coach of the Year and the NSCAA/adidas Far West Region Coach of the Year.

Three times at San Jose State, his squads were nationally ranked during the season. The 1998 Spartans were ranked as high as third nationally and made the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1976. The 1994 team was ranked as high as 19th. Following the 1994 season, St. Clair was named a regional Coach of the Year.

St. Clair spent seven seasons at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., before returning to his alma mater. At the junior college level, his teams posted a 75-21-4 record with three Bay Valley and one Golden Gate Conference championships. He began his coaching career at San Jose's Leland High School and compiled an 89-16-9 record. Five of his six teams won league championships.

A 1976 San Jose State graduate, St. Clair earned his master's degree from Saint Mary's College (Calif.) in 1984. St. Clair was a goalkeeper for the 1970 through 1973 Spartan teams. He shares the school's career record for most shutouts with 18. St. Clair was a two-time all-conference and three-time All-West Coast selection. After his college career, he played professionally in the North American Soccer League. St. Clair was a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Tornado in 1975. He played for the San Jose Earthquakes in 1976 and San Diego Jaws in 1977. He was also selected to the 1976 U.S. Olympic team.