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2009 CCC alumnus Sam Greeley is entering into his second year as head men's soccer coach at Clearwater in 2013.

Prior to returning to CCC to take the head coaching position in 2012, Coach Greeley served as a teaching and research assistant at The University of South Florida where he earned an MS in exercise science. While there, he had several abstracts and journal articles published and presented at the 2011 and 2012 ACSM annual meetings. The majority of his research is in the area of exercise psychology, specifically examining perceptual responses that impact adherence to exercise.

While at CCC, Greeley anchored the defense for the Cougars and earned numerous regional and national recognitions from Adidas (NSCAA All-American) and the NCCAA Division II (1st Team South All-Region, Academic All-American, and 1st Team All-American). He was named Team MVP for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Following his playing career, Sam was voted into the CCC Hall of Fame. He served as captain for the Cougars both his junior and senior years. He also led Clearwater to a 3rd-place finish nationally in 2007 behind the strength of the top-rated defense in the country, falling to the eventual national champions in a penalty-kick shootout in the national semi-final.

In 2011-12, Sam played for Clearwater International FC in the Florida Suncoast Soccer League. He currently plays for a beach soccer team which qualified for the U.S. Beach Soccer National Tournament in both 2011 and 2012. The team finished in third place in 2011 and made it to the national final in 2012, losing 6-5.

Patrick "Paddy" Sweeney will be returning to the Clearwater men's soccer program in 2013 for his second season serving as Technical Director for the program. Paddy brings a wealth of high-level playing and coaching experience and will continue to be a great asset to Clearwater soccer.

Sweeney signed his first contract in 1993 at the age of 18 for Finn Harps F.C. of the League of Ireland First Division, where he played for two years before signing with Sligo Rovers F.C. of the League of Ireland Premier Division. Sweeney played with Sligo until 1999 and was a member of the first team squad that won the League of Ireland Cup in 1998.

Sweeney moved to the United States and played two seasons from 1999-2000 for Milligan College in Tennessee. During the 1999 season, Milligan won its first conference tournament in its 30 year history. Sweeney was awarded both the golden boot (14 goals) and silver boot (8 assists) that season. In 2003 Sweeney signed with the Northern Virginia Royals of the USL Pro Select League where he played alongside US international goalkeeper Troy Perkins. In 2010, five years after tearing ACL, he signed with the Real Maryland Monarchs of the USL Second Division as a player/assistant coach under manager Anthony Hudson. While in Maryland he coached against a number of MLS teams including DC United and NY Red Bulls. Notable players he has coached include Mason Trafford (Canada), Joel Senior (Jamaica), and Hamad Diallo (Ivory Coast) who were all full internationals with their respective countries. Sweeney has also coached a number of US U17 and U20 international players.

Sweeney earned his USSF B License in 2005 and earned his USSF A License the following year. In 2008 he began coaching with Gerry Lucey as an assistant for the University of Tampa Spartans women's program. In 2012, Sweeney accepted the position of Technical Director for the Clearwater Christian College men's soccer program. In the winter of 2012 he assisted Bahrain national under-23 football team's manager Anthony Hudson in a national team camp. In August 2013 the team went on to win its first ever gold medal by beating Saudia Arabia 1-0 in the final. Sweeney holds a degree in Sports Management from Columbia Southern University in Alabama.

Lance Wild returns for a second season as the Cougars goalkeeper coach. Lance played four years of soccer at Clearwater, participating in two national tournaments during his career. Coach Sam Greeley had this to say about Lance: "He is the embodiment of servant leadership. Lance has one of the most giving hearts I have ever been around and does a fantastic job of training and preparing our top-notch goalkeepers for game day."

Lance graduated from CCC in 2009, and after completing a year of seminary returned to Clearwater as a recruiter. He transitioned into the position of Men's Resident Director a year later, a position he currently holds.

Ron Hood joins the coaching staff of Clearwater men's soccer program as an assistant for the 2013 campaign. Ron is currently the Director of Coaching for the Seminole Shooting Stars, a position he has held since 2009. He has accumulated several years of head coaching experience at various levels. Currently entering his tenth year as a head coach for the Shooting Stars, Ron also coached Seminole FC of the Florida Suncoast League from 2009-2012. He was also the coach of an indoor soccer team, called 60 Seconds, from 2008-2011

"Ron is the consummate professional. He will bring a fresh perspective and unique insight to our program. We are excited to have him on board," said Coach Sam Greeley. Ron has the E and F FYSA/US Youth Soccer Licenses. He received his BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and an AS from St. Petersburg College in Architecture.

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Playing soccer in college is such a gift that God has given me. I love playing soccer. Even before Christ saved me, soccer was my escape when things were rough in my life. It was everything to me. But now that God has so gloriously captivated my life, He's letting me use my love for soccer to help me love Him more. I always think ahead to the future, and I just know that some of my best college memories will be from playing. God has also taught me so much through playing. Probably the biggest thing being, to just step back and realize that every game could be of eternal significance, if I would just play it that way. To play for Him. Lessons, life long friendships, and good times.