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Mark Bates is beginning his fifth year as womenís soccer coach for the 2013 season. He previously served as menís soccer coach from 2003-2007 and assistant menís soccer coach from 2008-2009. During his tenure with menís soccer, his teams advanced to the National Tournament 3 out of 4 years, finishing 4th in 2007 with a record of 15-4-3.

A graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Coach Bates earned his B.S. in physical education. Prior to coming to Clearwater, he taught in a Christian school for fourteen years and also served as an assistant pastor and youth minister. He also coached high school soccer for nine years and earned four state championships. Coach Bates led his 2012 team to win its first ever NCCAA II National Championship with an overall season record of 18-2. He was also honored by the NSCAA at the end of the season with the National Coach of the year award for NCCAA II.

Mark and his wife Donna live in Oldsmar and have 3 grown sons, Philip, Thomas, and Andrew, each of whom were soccer All-Americans while students at Clearwater.

Chad Heffelfinger is a graduate of CCC having earned his BS in Business Administration in 1999. While at CCC, Chad played on the menís soccer team and qualified for nationals each year. This will be his seventh year as assistant coach for the Lady Cougars. Prior to that, he coached the varsity boys team at Keswick Christian School for the 2004/2005 season. Chad started playing soccer over 25 years ago and was a consistent team leader in assists. Along with many other soccer awards through the years, he most often received the teamís Christian Character/Sportsmanship Award. A big proponent for not only working hard and having good skill, but also doing it the right way and having a good testimony while competing, Chad brings consistency and character to the womenís soccer team.

Chad lives in Clearwater and is a self employed Internet Marketer and Business Consultant.

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Amani, a junior elementary education major, enjoys the family feel of CCC. A member of the women's soccer team, she has developed a strong bond with her fellow athletes and coaching staff. "The family atmosphere at Clearwater is one of my favorite things about it. The faculty and staff are wonderful, and they truly care about the student body in a personal way. In addition to this, being at Clearwater I have made incredible Godly friendships that I am so thankful for. My CCC experience has been one that I wouldn't trade, and being at this school has brought me closer to my Lord and Savior."