Naomi Clarke enters her ninth year as head coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan women's soccer program. In the 2013-14 season Coach Clarke guided the team to a 9-8-1 overall record, and a 7-2-1 conference record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). Finishing 3rd in regular season standings in 2013-14, Coach Clarke took the Lady Bulldogs into the AAC tournaments quarterfinal rounds for her eighth time, where they were upset at the quarterfinal stage.
In the previous year, 2012-13, the Lady Bulldogs finished with a 12-8 record overall and a 7-2 record in AAC play. The Lady Bulldogs finished 2nd place in the AAC regular season and played in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship game where they narrowly lost to Montreat College on a penalty in overtime. In the 2011-12 season, the team finished with an overall record of 9-8-2 and a 5-1-1 AAC record. Clarke led the team to a 2nd place regular season finish in the conference, where they were upset in the quarterfinal round. In the 2010-2011 season, Clarke coached the Lady Bulldogs to their first ever Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship & Conference Tournament Championship titles, going 11-7-2 overall and 5-1 in AAC play. And for the first time ever in the history of the program, they moved on to the NAIA National Tournament that year.
Overall, at the helm of the program Coach Clarke has lead Tennessee Wesleyan Women's Soccer to a 72-67-10 record and 39-19-3 AAC conference record. In her eight years at TWC, forty-seven (47) players have been named to Appalachian Athletic All-Conference Teams, nine (9) players named to NAIA All-Region teams, two (2) NAIA Honorable All-American selection, one (1) NSCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection, and two (2) NCSAA All-American selections. Clarke has helped set the academic standard for the women's soccer program during her tenure with five (5) players named NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and thirty-eight (38) AAC All-Academic Team players.
Clarke, originally from New Zealand, came to Tennessee Wesleyan in 2006 following a one and a half year stint as assistant women's coach at the University of North Alabama where she also completed a Master's degree in Health Promotion and Human Performance. Prior to coaching college soccer, Clarke played at the NCAA Division II level at Lock Haven University of PA (2000-2002), and the Metropolitan State University of Denver (2003-2004) where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Sport emphasizing Teaching K-12 Physical Education. During her playing career Clarke earned the honor of being named an NSCAA DII All-American selection all four years of her college career (2000-2003) as well as both 1st Team Regional and 1st Team Conference selections every year. Clarke also has national team caps under her belt with representation on the New Zealand Senior Women's National Team in 2004.
Clarke co-founded and is the Assistant Director of Coaching at local soccer club McMinn United FC and has also previously coached for elite clubs out of the Nashville, TN and Denver, CO areas. Clarke is also a soccer camp veteran coach having coached and directed with Joe Machnik's No.1 Soccer Camps since 2002, Coerver Coaching in 2005-2009, as well as worked various college camps since 2006. Clarke currently works with the TN Olympic Development Program and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Exercise Science department at the college. Clarke holds her USSF National 'B' Coaching License and resides in Athens, TN with her husband Hristo Kolarov.