Cloutier Appointed As UMass Dartmouth's Head Women's Soccer Coach

Cloutier Appointed As UMass Dartmouth's Head Women's Soccer Coach

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Elise (McLear) Cloutier, a former standout at Mount Ida College who previously served as an assistant coach at UMass Dartmouth, has been named as the Corsairs' Head Women's Soccer Coach.  Cloutier's appointment, which is effective immediately, was announced earlier today by UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis.

A native of Swansea, Mass., Cloutier served as an assistant to former Corsair mentor Carla DeSantis during the 2009 season, and she served in a similar capacity at Roger Williams during the 2010 campaign.  After working as an account executive for the New England Revolution, Elise served in three different roles with the Boston Breakers of the National Women's Soccer League for a five year period, including Assistant General Manager for a three year stint, and she additionally served as the U11-12 head coach at the Boston Breakers Academy for two years. 

"I'm extremely excited to rejoin the Corsair program, and I want to thank Amanda Van Voorhis and the athletic administration for this incredible opportunity," Cloutier said of her appointment.  "The enthusiasm that pervades within the department and at the University as a whole is very contagious, and I look forward to building upon that positive momentum heading into this season and beyond."

After a stellar career at Case High School, Cloutier established herself as one of the top scorers in Mount Ida history under the tutelage of Mustang Hall of Famer Joe Campbell, as she netted 28 goals and five assists for 61 points in 66 career contests.  Elise led Mount Ida to a berth in the North Atlantic Conference semifinals as a sophomore in 2006 with a career-best nine goals and 20 points, and the two-sport captain was the team's MVP during her senior season of 2008.  She ranks fourth in goals and fifth in points on the school's career lists, and her eight game-winning rank her second in that category.  Cloutier, who also shined on the basketball court for the Mustangs, earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Mount Ida in 2009 and was a member of the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  Elise also played professionally for a year in England with the Durham Wildcats, where she won a pair of national championships and played in the FA Cup.

"I'm very pleased to welcome Elise to the UMass Dartmouth family," Van Voorhis said of Cloutier's appointment.  "Her passion for the sport is contagious, and she is extremely focused on player development while building positive communication throughout the program.  I know she is excited to begin working with our student-athletes, and she will contribute immensely to our department."

Cloutier, who becomes the seventh head coach in program history, will lead UMass Dartmouth into action on Friday, August 31 when the Corsairs entertain Fredonia in their season opener at Cressy Field beginning at Noon EDT.