LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Men’s Soccer Head Coach Cesar Markovic has announced the appointment of Jim Clementi as an assistant coach. Clementi brings five years of collegiate coaching experience with him to Loudonville, the past two of which he served as head coach of Division III Wells College.
"I am extremely happy and excited to welcome Jim to my staff,” said Markovic. “Jim is a coach that has worked his way up the ranks all the way to a head coaching position at Wells College. Jim understands the serious work that is involved with building a contender. I think our team and staff will benefit from this injection of energy, hard work, and new ideas into our program."
Clementi matriculates to Siena following a two-year stint as the head coach of the Division III Wells College Express in Aurora, New York. He developed four North Eastern Athletic Conference selections over his two seasons at the helm.
No stranger to the Capital Region, Clementi previously served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in nearby Troy. He helped guide RPI to the Second Round of the 2015 Division III NCAA Tournament, and was instrumental in helping to land a pair of top recruiting classes.
Clementi first entered the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at his alma mater, Ramapo College of New Jersey, in 2014. He previously coached numerous club squads as well as serving as a head coach for three seasons at Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Clementi spent his final two seasons as the boys’ varsity soccer head coach, and was named the 2013 North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Colonial Division Coach of the Year after leading his team to a league championship and program record 16 wins.
A 2011 graduate of Ramapo with his B.S. in Mathematics, Clementi received his M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2015. He was a three-time team captain and both a two-time New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference (2009, 2010) and All-Academic Team (2008-09) selection while starring at back for Ramapo. Over his four varsity seasons, Clementi started all 61 games in which he appeared in and helped guide the Roadrunners to 40 wins.
A native of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, Clementi starred at Shawnee High School which he led to a perfect 27-0-0 record and a Group 3 State Championship his senior year in 2006, setting the record for most victories in New Jersey history.
Clementi joins a Siena Men’s Soccer program which returns 87% of it scoring from last year’s team headlined by MAAC All-Rookie Team selections Aaron Martin and Birgir Thorsteinsson. The Saints are set to welcome back eight starters, while a talented group of 12 players are set to don the Green and Gold for the first time this fall.