Mike Noonan will enter his third season at Clemson in 2012. In the two previous years his teams have showed marked improvement.
During the 2011 season, Clemson defeated number-one ranked Maryland, defeated #14 Boston College and tied #24 Duke in the ACC Tournament. In the last six matches of the campaign, the Tigers were unbeaten going 4-0-2 to finish on a strong push that almost landed the Tigers in the NCAA tournament. Clemson finished the year with an 8-8-2 record going 4-4 in the strong Atlantic Coast Conference.
Clemson's eight victories were the most since the 2006 campaign. The four ACC wins were the most since the 2000 season.
In 2010, Noonan led the Tigers to a win over 18th ranked Duke, a 1-0 decision over perennial power St. Louis and a 1-0 victory over arch-rival Furman in Greenville, SC. In the Tigers' nine losses, seven were by one-goal deficits.
In the classroom, the men's soccer team earned a 3.06 GPA for the spring of 2011 semester, which was the highest mark among the male sports.
Mike Noonan was named the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Clemson University in January, 2010.
Noonan became the program's fifth coach in the 75 plus -year history of Clemson Soccer.
"Clemson has a lot of history and success in collegiate soccer and we look forward to adding on to this success in the future," said Noonan.
"My family and I are excited about being at Clemson and being part of the Tiger family. To leave a place like Brown, it had to be a special opportunity, and Clemson was that special opportunity."
Noonan came to Clemson from Brown University of the Ivy League. In 2009, the Bears finished with an 11-3-5 record overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round.
Noonan has proven to be among the nation's outstanding coaches, compiling an impressive 160-77-31 record in 15 years at Brown. During his tenure with the Bears, Noonan, the fifth head soccer coach in Brown University's 81-year soccer history, led the Bears to 10 NCAA Tournament berths, including NCAA Quarterfinal appearances in 1995 and 2000, eight Ivy League Championships, and the team's highest national ranking ever (third) during the 1995 season.
Furthermore, 10 of Coach Noonan's players were selected in the annual Major League Soccer draft. All three members of Noonan's class of 2005 signed contracts with the MLS at the conclusion of their Brown careers.
Noonan's 1995 team set a school record for victories with a 16-4 mark. During the 1996 season, he guided the Bears to an 8-5-4 record. The Bears came back in 1997 with an Ivy League title, a berth in the NCAA Playoffs, and an 11-6-1 overall record, compiling a 7-0-1 mark over the last eight games.
In 1998, Noonan's team went undefeated in Ivy play, shutting out six of seven Ivy League opponents en route to back-to-back Ivy titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Noonan's defense allowed the fewest goals (2) in Ivy League play in Brown men's soccer history, becoming the first Brown team to go undefeated in the Ivies since 1976.
In 1999, the Bears finished second in the Ivy League and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Brown recorded its first NCAA opening round victory since 1995 with a 2-1 overtime win against Rhode Island on Stevenson Field.
In 2000, Noonan led Brown to its fourth NCAA Tournament berth in as many years, as Brown became the first team in 20 years to finish a perfect 7-0-0 in Ivy play. The Bears qualified for the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1995, defeating Vermont, 2-0, and Duke, 1-0, to advance to the third round.
In 2001, the Bears earned a share of their second consecutive Ivy League title by posting a 5-1-1 league mark. The 2002 season was one of the most difficult years for the Bears as they were plagued with injuries all season long and dropped several close contests, finishing 5-8-4 overall. It marked the first losing season for Brown under Noonan.
In 2003, Noonan put Brown back on the map, as it retained a national ranking throughout the entire season, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in his career. The Bears went undefeated in Ivy play, posting a 6-0-1 record en route to the League Title.
In addition, Noonan was named the New England Division I Coach of the Year. In 2004, Brown finished in a tie for second in the league standings before returning to its place atop the Ivy League in 2005, earning its eighth Ivy Title in the last 12 years. In 2006, the Bears received an At-Large bid into the NCAA Tournament and made it to the second-round. They defeated Adelphi at home, but lost to #1 Duke in the second round.
Brown closed out the 2007 regular season with a 15-2-1 overall record, including a perfect 7-0-0 mark in the Ivy League. It was the second time in seven years (2000, 2007) one of Noonan's teams achieved an unblemished Ivy record.
The 2007 squad earned the program's 19th league title, and an automatic bid with a first-round bye to the Division I NCAA Tournament. The sixth-seeded Bears featured five players on the First-Team All-Ivy squad, including one who was a unanimous selection, and a sixth player who made the second team. Brown also swept the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards for the first time in school soccer history.
Prior to his arrival at Brown, Noonan led the University of New Hampshire to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1994 for the first time in the school's history, ironically losing to Brown in the first round at Stevenson Field. His Wildcats finished with a 15-5-2 record in 1994, playing 11 matches against top 20 teams, while setting a school record for victories. New Hampshire also captured the North Atlantic Conference's regular season championship that year.
Noonan compiled a 48-23-9 record in four years as head coach at New Hampshire and was the winningest coach in Wildcat history. He was the 1993 New England Coach of the Year, and in 1992 was named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year.
Prior to New Hampshire, Noonan served as the head soccer coach at Wheaton College from 1989 to 1990, where he was the first coach in the program's history. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Vermont from 1986 to 1989, and an assistant coach at Bates College in 1983.
A 1983 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-American, Noonan embarked on a professional playing career in Sweden before returning to the United States to play for both the MISL and the AISA. He was voted to the AISA All-Star team in 1985. An outstanding player, he was inducted into the state of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.
Noonan currently holds a UEFA "A" license from the English FA and an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation as well. He is also a National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association.
Mike and his wife, Deb Belcher, have two daughters Caleigh and Meghan.