Associate Head Coach Trevor Adair, one of the nations most successful coaches is in his third season on the Monarchs staff.
Adair's resume includes a NCAA Final Four appearance and six NCAA Final Eight appearances in the last 13 years. In seven of his first 11 years at Clemson, the Tigers have been ranked in the Top-12 in at least one final poll, including a third place finish in 2005. In compiling a 174-19-26 (.643) record at Clemson, he has coached 14 All-Americans and 45 All-ACC selections, nine NCAA Tournaments and two ACC Championships.
In 2007, Adair won his 200th match in his 17-year career as a Division I head coach. That year also saw Adair lead his Tigers to three victories over top 25 ranked schools, two occurred in the same week, including a victory over sixth-ranked Boston College, his 50th top 25 win at Clemson.
In 2006, Clemson advanced to the NCAA Final 16 and finished the season with a 13-5-2 record overall. Clemson had three wins over top five ranked teams at home, including a 2-1 win over top-ranked Maryland. The win brought Clemson to the number-one ranking in the country. He also coached two All-Americans and finished the season ranked ninth, his seventh top-10 season at Clemson.
Adair reached one of his top professional goals when he led Clemson to the 2005 College Cup Final Four. It was his first appearance at the final four and the Tigers' first appearance in 18 years. Adair led the Tigers to a #3 final national ranking in 2005, the best final ranking of the 19 varsity sports at Clemson in 2005-06.
Clemson had an incredible finish in 2005, as the Tigers advanced to the Final Four by shutting out four opponents in NCAA play and finishing the season with a 15-6-3 record overall.
The Tigers finished the 2004 season with an 8-9-1 record overall, the result of considerable season-ending injuries. In 2003, the Tigers finished with a 9-7-4 record. The Tigers were selected to their 24th NCAA Tournament, the seventh under Adair, and showed signs of improvement during the season, including a 1-0 win over arch-rival South Carolina, and a 1-0 win over sixth-ranked North Carolina.
During the 2002 season, Clemson finished with a 14-5-3 mark including an upset of number-one ranked and number-one seed Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament. He also led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament's Final Eight.
In 2001, Adair coached the Tigers to the ACC Championship, the second in four years. He also led Clemson to another NCAA Final Eight Appearance. Clemson posted a 19-5 record overall and finished fourth in the final Soccer America poll. The victory total tied for third in Clemson history. Eight of the wins were over top 25 teams, most by a Clemson team in 17 years.
In 2000, his 10th year as a Division I head coach, the Tigers posted a 14-4-2 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished the campaign ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in every poll.
In 1998, Adair led the Tigers to the ACC Championship (regular season and tournament) and to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. He led Clemson to 22 wins, tying the school record and a total that is still among the top 10 victory totals in NCAA history. He also set the school record for most consecutive wins with 17 straight during the 1998 campaign. Clemson finished the season ranked first in the Soccer America poll and fourth in the NSCAA poll. The 22 wins included seven victories over top 20 teams, third highest single season figure in school history. Adair was named ACC Coach of the Year and star forward Wojtek Krakowiak won the Hermann Award.
In 1997, he enjoyed another successful year at Clemson as he guided the Tigers to an NCAA Final Eight appearance, losing to eventual National Champion UCLA in the quarterfinals. The Tigers finished 12th in the NSCAA poll and 16th in the final Soccer America poll. Goalkeeper, Matt Jordan was also named First-Team All-American. During his first season at Tigertown in 1995, Clemson finished fifth in the final Soccer America poll and sixth in the final NSCAA listing. The Tigers finished the year with a 16-6-1 record overall and the season included a NCAA appearance and a runner-up finish in the ACC Tournament. In his inaugural year, Adair coached two All-Americans, two Olympians, and five All-ACC players. Four Clemson players were named to the All-South team as well.
Adair came to Clemson after a successful career at Brown University. He compiled a 34-24-5 record at the Ivy League school during his four-year career, (1991-94). During the 1994 season, Brown was the co-champion of the Ivy League and finished with a 13-4-1 record overall. This was the first Ivy League title for Brown since 1976. The Bruins were ranked as high as 12th in the ISAA poll (10-11-94) and finished 17th in the final poll. Adair led the squad to a 3-2 victory over number-one ranked Boston University in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. Brown was eliminated in the NCAA quarterfinals by Rutgers, 3-1.
Adair is one of the few coaches in NCAA history to take two different programs to the NCAA Elite Eight, and to defend the number-one ranked team with two different programs. He enters 2008 with an overall record of 201-106-29 and eight Top-20 national finishes. His .650 winning percentage is among the best in the nation.
In 1993, Adair directed the Bruins to an 8-7 record, including mid-season upsets of number-two ranked Virginia and number-10 ranked North Carolina.
Adair was named the fourth head coach of the Brown men's soccer program in November, 1990, upon the retirement of 31-year veteran head coach Cliff Stevenson.
A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Adair enrolled in college in the United States when Michael Parker of Lock Haven State College recruited him to join his soccer program. Adair went on to enjoy a successful college soccer career as a high-scoring striker at Lock Haven, leading the Bald Eagles to the Division III national championship in 1978 and the Division II national championship in 1980. In addition to breaking several school scoring records, he earned first-team All-America honors as a junior and was a four-year All-East selection.
After receiving his B.S. in Economics from Lock Haven in 1982, Adair moved on to become assistant men's soccer coach at the University of South Carolina, where he would spend the next nine seasons. In Columbia, Adair helped recruit the players who led the Gamecocks to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances between 1985-90, including one Final Four appearance and two quarterfinal showings. Adair received his master's in Physical Education in 1989 from South Carolina.
Adair's teams have always been strong academically. In sixteen of the last 18 semesters, his team has had a 2.90 GPA or better. Since he became the head coach at Clemson in 1995, his soccer teams have posted the best team GPA among men's programs 11 times.
In addition to coaching at the college level, Adair also has worked extensively with American youth soccer players both on the national and regional levels. He has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-20 national team and is a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) staff coach and instructor, and a staff coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). While in South Carolina, he served as a Region III staff coach for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and served as head coach of the South Carolina Olympic Development State Team (1984-90). He holds a USSF "A" license along with his Northern Ireland Football Association Preliminary Badge.
Trevor and his wife Jody, have two daughters, Courtney and Megan.