Staff
Head Coach at Fordham University
Jessica Clinton

Jessica Clinton, former women's soccer associate head coach at Boston University, was named head women’s soccer coach at Fordham in January of 2014.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Jessica Clinton to Fordham,” said Fordham director of athletics David Roach. “After an extensive search it became clear that Jessica was the individual we wanted to lead our women's soccer program. Her experience, passion and drive make her the ideal person to coach our soccer student-athletes. I look forward to working with Jessica and anticipate a bright future for women's soccer here at Fordham.”

In just two short years, Clinton has put the Rams in the Atlantic 10 Championship hunt, making the title match for just the third time in team history in 2015. Fordham won 13 games, just one shy of the program record, and set team marks for shutouts (11) and goals against average (0.84). The team was also listed in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings for most of the year, finishing the year tenth.

Individually, five Rams received postseason honors, led by Jessica Widmann, who was First Team All-Atlantic 10, First Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region, and a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American®. Kristina Maksuti, Nicole Bates, and Ally Doyle each earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors with Brooke Salmon receiving All-Rookie Team accolades.

In her first full year at the helm in 2014, Clinton led Fordham to eight wins overall, which began with a 6-1 start, the team's best-ever start through seven games. The team also tied a program record by recording six consecutive victories.

In addition, Fordham was recognized twice by the NSCAA, receiving the Team Academic Award for the fifth straight season, while also earning the Ethics & Sportsmanship Award for the first time, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season. Fordham was one of 82 teams that claimed the Silver Award, which is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards. The Rams were the only Atlantic 10 team among the 125 honored schools.

Clinton arrived at Rose Hill after serving on the staff of her alma mater, Boston University, for six years, first as an assistant coach from 2008-2012 and then as the associate head coach in 2013.

In 2013, Clinton helped the Terriers to the Patriot League regular season and tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Boston University, who entered the NCAAs ranked 25th in the nation, defeated Harvard University in the first round before falling to ninth-ranked Santa Clara, 2-1, in the second round. Nine members of the team received All-Patriot League honors while four received NSCAA All-Region accolades.

As an assistant coach, Clinton guided Boston University to America East Conference regular season titles for five straight years (2008-2012) and four consecutive tournament championships (2008-2011). The Terriers received NCAA Tournament bids each season from 2008 through 2011. The 2011 season was the best in program history as Boston University went 19-3-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after claiming their fifth straight America East title. The Terriers had a program-best 14 game winning streak that fall en route to securing the most victories in a single season (19).

Prior to her stint at Boston University, Clinton served as an assistant coach at St. John's from 2007 to 2008. Clinton has also coached within the youth club NEFC since 2009.

Clinton has been a member of the U13 and U15 Region 1 Olympic Development Staff since 2009 and a Senior Staff member for the U15 age group.

Assistant Coach at Fordham University
Shannon Neely Noel

Neely Noel joins the Fordham staff after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Northwestern University, as well as three seasons at Grand Valley State University, where she helped guide the Lakers to two NCAA Division II National Championships.

During her time with the Wildcats, Neely Noel was instrumental in developing Lauren Clem into one of the best keepers in team history and the country. In 2016, Clem helped the Wildcats set a number of school records, including fewest goals allowed in a season (7) and most shutouts in a season (17). After just three years at Northwestern, Clem set records for goals against average in a season (0.290), best save percentage (0.927), and most career shutouts (39).

Neely Noel helped lead Northwestern to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Northwestern won the program’s first Big Ten Regular season title. The squad’s NCAA Sweet 16 run marked just the second appearance for the Wildcats in program history and the first since 1998. Northwestern finished the season 16-3-4 overall to tie the 1998 team for most wins in a single season. The Northwestern coaching staff was selected as the Great Lakes Regional Staff of the Year, after finishing the season 18th in the country and setting the 2016 NCAA single season records for GAA (0.290), team save percentage (0.927), team shutouts (17), and fewest goals allowed (7).

The Wildcats’ tournament bid was bolstered by the stalwart play of the Northwestern defense, led by Clem, the program’s first NSCAA All-American and Big Ten Goalkeeper of the year. She anchored a backline that saw a program-best and NCAA-leading 17 shutouts as well as a goals-against-average of 0.271 to lead the country.

While at Grand Valley State, Neely Noel helped coach the Lakers to a 64-2-10 overall record and three trips to the Division II National Championship game, which resulted in two titles and a runner-up finish. Neely worked specifically with the goalkeepers, coaching two NSCAA All-Americans, an NSCAA Scholar All-American and three Midwest Regional first team honorees.

GVSU had a stellar defense with Neely Noel on staff. In 2010, the Lakers set an NCAA record of 21 shutouts, allowing only five goals during the regular season and shut out all of its opponents in the NCAA tournament. In 2011, the team allowed just 11 goals and posted 16 shutouts.

Neely Noel also has significant experience in the Big Ten as a former player at Ohio State. During her time in Columbus, the Buckeyes made three NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2004, and won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. Neely earned a number of academic distinctions as she was a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2008 with a double-major in art and industrial design, the Dublin, Ohio, native obtained her masters of education from Grand Valley State University in 2011. She has an NSCAA Advanced National License as well as an NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma.

Neely Noel was also a NSCAA Rising Star Selection in 2014. She participated in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy as well as the 2011 Emerging Leaders Seminar, and she is also a member of the NSCAA, NSCAA Women’s Committee and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

While at Grand Valley State, Neely helped coach the Lakers to a 64-2-10 overall record and three trips to the Division II National Championship game, which resulted in two titles and a runner-up finish. Neely worked specifically with the goalkeepers, coaching two NSCAA All-Americans, an NSCAA Scholar All-American and three Midwest Regional first team honorees.

GVSU had a stellar defense with Neely on staff. In 2010, the Lakers set an NCAA record of 21 shutouts, allowing only five goals during the regular season and shut out all of its opponents in the NCAA tournament. In 2011, the team allowed just 11 goals and posted 16 shutouts.

Neely also has significant experience in the Big Ten as a former standout at Ohio State. During her time in Columbus, the Buckeyes made three NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2004, and won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. Neely earned a number of academic distinctions as she was a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2008 with a double-major in art and industrial design, the Dublin, Ohio, native obtained her masters of education from Grand Valley State University in 2011. She is a USSF `D' Licensed coach and has an NSCAA Advanced National License as well as an NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma.

Neely was also a NSCAA Rising Star Selection in 2014. She participated in the 2015 NCAA Women's Coaches Academy as well as the 2011 Emerging Leaders Seminar, and she is also a member of the NSCAA, NSCAA Women's Committee and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Assistant Coach at Fordham University
Ally White

Joining the women's soccer coaching staff for the 2017 season as an assistant coach is Ally White.

White is no stranger to the Fordham women’s soccer program, having played for the Rams from 2011-14, and graduating with a degree in Visual Arts. She started 40 games over her career, which ranks fourth among all Fordham goalkeepers, and made all 18 starts during her senior season. In 2014, she set a personal-best with a 1.09 goals against average, which rates sixth all-time at Fordham.

Following her time at Fordham, White played overseas in France for Evian Thonon Gaillard from August 2015 until May 2016.

Following her playing career, White began her coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as an assistant coach at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She also worked as a youth goalkeeper specialist at the club level with the Long Island Rough Riders and just finished working with the DeAnza Goalkeeper Program in California.

White holds an NSCAA Level 6 coaching license, as well as National F and E licenses, and earned an ECNL H.E.R. Scholarship.

Aside from her coaching, White has worked as a graphics designer for the Staten Island Yankees, and most recently for the San Jose Quakes of MLS.

Previous Summer ID Camp Staff have included: 
Shannon Grogan, Assistant Coach at Stony Brook University, Collegiate Player at Stony Brook University
Sade Ayinde, Assistant Coach at Yale University, Collegiate Player at the University of Maryland
Casey Brown, Head Coach at The College of Holy Cross
Taylor Booth, Assistant Coach at NYU 
Jenna Fisher, Former Assistant Coach at Brandeis University
Amy Marron, Assistant Coach at St. John's University, former professional player, Collegiate Player at St. John's University
Kristin Shaw, Head Coach at Colby College, former Assistant Coach at Villanova University, Collegiate Player at the University of Washington
Amanda Webb, Associate Head Coach at the University of New Hampshire, former Assistant Coach at Bucknell University.  
Christie Welsh, Head Coach at the Montclair Kimberley Academy, former U.S. Women's National Team Player, Collegiate Player at Penn State University

Former Special Guests: 
Alyssa Naher, Goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Team and Current Goalkeeper in the NWSL for the Chicago Red Stars
Tiffany Chag, MS Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, NSCA, NASM - CPT, Strength and Conditioning Coach.