Former graduate assistant coach Taylor Clarke is in his first season with the Ashland University women's soccer program as the head coach.
Clarke returns to Ashland after serving as the assistant men's soccer coach at Calvin (Mich.) College last season. He helped the Knights to a 21-1-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen. He coached three All-Americans, five all-region and 10 all-conference players as Calvin won conference regular season and tournament championships. The Knights led the nation in scoring (85 goals) and shutouts (15).
Clarke was the assistant men's soccer coach at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the 2016 season when the Seahawks garnered a top 20 NCAA Division I national ranking. At UNCW, he managed recruiting and assisted in all aspects of the program, including individual and team training and analysis.
Clarke got his start in collegiate coaching as the graduate assistant for women's soccer in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He worked in all parts of the program, coordinating recruiting, creating a practice curriculum and creating scouting reports. He also organized team travel and monitored the academic progress of the program.
Clarke played collegiate soccer at Saginaw Valley State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in educational history. He helped the Cardinals to two GLIAC championships and a Midwest Regional championship, captaining the 2012 squad to the NCAA Division II national championship game. He was a three-year captain and four-year member of the GLIAC All-Academic team.
A native of Cary, Ill., Clarke earned his Master of Education degree from Ashland in 2016.