CCC Welcomes Renowned Coach Chris Waterbury as New Head Women's Soccer Coach
Clinton Community College's Director of Athletics, Kevin Daugherty, proudly announces the appointment of Chris Waterbury as the Head Women's Soccer Coach for the upcoming Fall 2024 season. A distinguished figure in collegiate soccer, Chris Waterbury brings a wealth of experience and an impressive track record to lead the Clinton women's soccer program to new heights.
Chris Waterbury's coaching journey began in 1982, where he secured an 3-9-1 record at New England College in his head coaching position. Over the years, he has left an indelible mark on the soccer landscape, notably achieving a remarkable 26 consecutive winning seasons from 1988 to 2013, ranking as the 12th-longest streak in Division III history.
A 1981 graduate of SUNY Cortland with a master's degree from SUNY Albany in 1985, Chris Waterbury's coaching career at Plattsburgh State further solidified his legacy. As the winningest coach in the history of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) men's soccer and the 11th-most in NCAA Division III history, Waterbury led the Cardinals to all eight SUNYAC titles in program history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament 11 times, reaching the semifinal round in 2005.
With an overall coaching record of 477-169-65, including successful tenures at New England College, Lyndon State College, and 33 years at Plattsburgh State, Chris Waterbury's leadership has garnered widespread recognition. He earned the SUNYAC Coach of the Year award seven times, the latest honor coming in 2012 when the Cardinals achieved a remarkable 17-3-1 overall record.
Waterbury's coaching accomplishments extend beyond victories, as he mentored 11 student-athletes to 15 All-America accolades, including the three-time All-American Jason Sousa (2003-2005). Additionally, seven SUNYAC Huntley Parker Award recipients and two SUNYAC Rookies of the Year benefited from Waterbury's expertise.
The Clinton women's soccer program has been on hiatus since the 2019 season, searching for a leader capable of restoring the program's legacy of success, which culminated in a National Championship in 2010. With the appointment of Chris Waterbury, the college anticipates a resurgence of the women's soccer program, blending his proven coaching acumen with a commitment to fostering student-athletes' growth on and off the field.
Director of Athletics Kevin Daugherty expresses enthusiasm about the future, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Chris Waterbury to the Clinton Community College family. His extensive experience, outstanding achievements, and commitment to excellence make him the ideal leader for our women's soccer program. We look forward to a new era of success under his guidance."
The recent appointments of Chris Waterbury as the Head Women's Soccer Coach, Kyle Cahoon for Men's Soccer along with Dan Parker for Women's Basketball, Keith Bombard for Cross Country, and Neil Epstein for Men's Basketball signify a transformative phase for Clinton Community College's athletic program. With a strategic focus on comprehensive program development, these distinguished coaches bring a wealth of experience and expertise to rejuvenate and strengthen Clinton's sports offerings. As of Fall 2024, the college is happy to reinstate fall and winter sports that have been integral to its athletic legacy, signaling an exciting era of revival and providing student-athletes with a diverse array of opportunities to excel in their chosen disciplines. The collective vision and commitment of the new coaching team reflect the college's dedication to fostering excellence and creating a vibrant and competitive athletic environment.