Head Soccer Coach
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. 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.
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. Sweeney holds a degree in Sports Management from Columbia Southern University in Alabama.
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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.