Gerry Cleary is in his third season as an assistant coach with the CSU Bakersfield men's soccer program.
Cleary joined the Roadrunners from Martin Methodist College where he served as the head men's and women's soccer coach for the Redhawks. Cleary led the Martin Methodist men to the NAIA National Championship in 2013 after winning the program's first ever Southern States Athletic Conference title. At the helm of the Martin Methodist women's program, Cleary's Redhawks won NAIA National Championships in 2005 and 2007. He is the only coach ever in college soccer to win a National Championship with both men and women at the same school.
He was chosen as NAIA/Brine National Coach of the Year three times, NSCAA/Adidas NAIA National Coach of the Year twice, NSCAA/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year twice, and NAIA Region XI Coach of the Year twice, all of those awards in conjunction with his outstanding 2005, 2007, and 2013 seasons. The TranSouth has consecutively noted his achievements seven times, bestowing TSAC Coach of the Year honors on Cleary for most of his tenure as head women's coach. During his 11 years ( three with the men, eight with the women) as RedHawk boss between the men and women's programs, Cleary amassed a 177-42-14 record.
His coaching tips have also been published three times in the World Soccer Magazine. His coaching sessions were published in the July/August 2006, 2008, and 2009 editions of the bi-monthly magazine World Class Coaching - the world's leading resource magazine for soccer coaches. The coaching sessions, entitled "Combination and Penetration" and "Passing to keep possession", appeared among sessions written by U.S. National Team assistant coach Glen "Mooch" Myernick, the Wales U21 National Team coaching staff and legendary NCAA D-I coach Barry Gorman of Penn State University.
Cleary played for CSU Bakersfield head coach Richie Grant at Lambuth from 1995-98, graduating in 1999. During his playing career with the Eagles, he was a three time NAIA All-American, four time first team All-Mid South Conference selection, and was voted twice as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year. During Cleary's tenure, Lambuth captured three Mid-South Conference Championships and he was captain for three years.