Worcester, Mass.—The Clark University men's soccer team along with head coach Matt O'Toole welcomes three new members to the coaching staff this fall. Alex Ortega (Colby-Sawyer '15) joins the program as an assistant coach, Ethan Ziemba (Clark University '18) joins as a graduate assistant coach, and Thomas Spenser (University of Rhode Island '15) will serve as the goalkeepers coach.
Ortega comes to Clark after serving as the assistant men's soccer coach at Colby-Sawyer for three seasons. He joined the Charger's coaching staff after a stellar four-year career for them at the forward position. He finished his career with the second most points (72), second most goals (28) and fourth most assists (16) in program history. Ortega was named to the All-NAC Second Team and finished 2014 ranked 27th in the nation with five game-winning goals. He was named All-NAC First Team in 2013 after collecting 29 points on 13 goals and three assists. Ortega also coached with the Lightning Soccer Club in New Hampshire with their U14, U15, U16, and U17 boys' teams.
"I couldn't be more excited to join the Clark University Men's Soccer family. Coach O'Toole has built a strong and competitive culture that has led to success. We have a great group of guys that are dedicated to our system and that are ready to make a push in the NEWMAC. I'm looking forward to seeing how we develop as a unit throughout the season," said Ortega
Ziemba graduated from Clark with the class of 2018 and was a four year member of the soccer team. As a defender Ziemba appeared in 74 career games and started all 74 of them. He served as a captain his senior year. Ziemba graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and he is now pursuing his Master of Business degree at Clark.
"I am excited to join a knowledgeable coaching staff that shares a similar passion for the game and desire for success. This year we have a special group of guys that are hard-working and motivated, and they have the potential for a deep post season run. I am looking forward to NEWMAC play and watching the team translate our tactics on a consistent basis."
Spenser joins the men's soccer program as the goalkeepers coach. He is a 2015 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he was a goalkeeper for the men's soccer team for four years. Spenser served as a captain for the Division I Rams in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year his junior year.
Prior to Clark Spenser was the head academy goalkeeper coach for Westchester Armour. In this role he was in charge of the training of all academy goalkeepers, ages 15-19. Spenser also served as the head goalkeeper coach for the Rams Football Club during the 2013-2014 season.
"I am thrilled to be joining the coaching staff at Clark and working with Coach O'Toole. I'm looking forward to working with the keepers this year and helping build a strong back line. We've got a great group of guys here and I'm really excited for this season," said Spenser.
The Cougars open up their season on Friday, August 31st as they travel to Castleton State University for a non-conference match-up at 4:00 p.m. They are at home for the first time in 2018 on Sunday, September 2nd as they host Rivier University at 1:00 p.m. at Granger Field.