Skip to main content

January 4th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

I.M. Ibrahim (Part II of II)



(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are Part I of II about Dr. I.M. Ibrahim, the Father of Clemson soccer and the only Clemson coach in any sport to win two national championships. Ibrahim coached the Clemson men's soccer program from its inception in 1967 until his retirement after the 1994 season.

Ibrham had Clemson in the national top 20 by his sixth year and the Tigers won the ACC championship in 1972 with a 13-1-1 record. By 1975, just the ninth year in the program's history, he had Clemson ranked on top of the national polls. He would bring Clemson to a number-one national ranking at some point in nine different seasons in his Clemson career.


Between 1972 and 1979, Clemson won eight consecutive ACC Championships, the longest run of ACC titles in any sport in Clemson history. During that time Clemson did not lose a single league match and posted a 38-0-2 record. Ibrahim finished his career with an overall record of a 388-102-31 for his 28 years and his .774 winning percentage is the second best in Clemson history in any sport among coaches who have served at least four years since the program joined the ACC in 1953.

He had a 32-16 record in NCAA Tournament competition and the .667 winning percentage is among the top 10 winning percentages in NCAA soccer history. His 388 wins rank second in ACC men's soccer history and his .774 winning percentage is also second.

While he had many outstanding seasons, his two national championship campaigns stand out. His 1984 team posted a 22-4 record, but it had a difficult path to win the title. Along the way Clemson had to defeat the top four seeds in the tournament, including a victory over two-time defending champion and number-one ranked Indiana in the championship match. Clemson downed the Hoosiers 2-1 in the Kingdome in Seattle in a match televised nationally on ESPN. It marked the first time in any NCAA Tournament that a team had beaten the top four seeds in the field to win the championship.


In 1987, the Tigers were seeded 23rd, but made a miraculous run with victories on the road against 14th ranked Evansville, top ranked Indiana and sixth ranked Rutgers to reach the Final Four. Clemson was rewarded by playing host to the Final Four that year and the Tigers won the semifinals over eighth ranked North Carolina and the championship over 20th ranked San Diego State.


Clemson defeated San Diego State by a 2-0 score at Riggs Field, the only time Clemson has won a national championship in any sport on its campus.

The Tiger Pregame Show On Facebook
Tigerpregame on Twitter

Scott Rhymer can be reached at scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Popular posts from this blog

A Guide To A Clemson Weekend For Auburn Fans

Guide To a Clemson Weekend

By Scott Rhymer
Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar Wccpfm.com and WCCP 105.5 APP
1:00-4:00  Live From "The Corner Of Swann Pavilion At Littlejohn Coliseum"
Note:  Additions have been added by Clemson fans at the bottom of this blog

One of the great things about football season is that it offers the opportunity to welcome people to Clemson (either for the first time or after a long time away).  

At Clemson, we believe that we have something special and are excited to showcase that special college football environment each time we host a visitor.  Our goal  is very simple:  To be incredible hosts to our visitors and provide the ultimate game day experience.



There is an additional buzz in the air for Week 2 at Clemson, as we host the the Auburn Tigers and their fans for what should be an electric game day weekend with two Top 15 football teams in an ACC vs. SEC match-up in prime time!  We hope that your trip here will be exciting, memo…

May 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of The North Upper Deck In 1983

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photos are a series of shots during the construction of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck is comprised of 22,500 yards of concrete, 2,200 Tons of reinforcing steel, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 5,800 gallons of paint, and 60,000 pounds of aluminum seating

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million

To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck.  The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales.  Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This al…

Photo Gallery From Last Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show

Below is a photo gallery from last week's Tiger Pregame Show at Mellow Mushroom.

Each week, we will have former players as our "Legend of the Valley".  This Saturday, that guest will be Reggie Merriweather and we will broadcast live from 6:30-9:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM.  Mellow Mushroom and Portable Bar will open at 10:00 a.m.
Clemson vs. Georgia Photo Gallery
Above photo is the portable bar setup adjacent to Mellow Mushroom and to broadcast area.
Above photo is one of the many Game Day Signs fans brought down to our broadcast location.
Above photo is of former Tiger Brandon Maye and Tiger Pregame Show Host Scott Rhymer
Above photo is of former Tiger Jim Bundren and Tiger Pregame Show Host Scott Rhymer

Above photo is of former Tiger Will Proctor, Ainsley Earhardt from Fox News Channel, and Scott Rhymer, Tiger Pregame Show Host.Earhardt is married to Will Proctor.
Above photos is of former Tiger Will Proctor and his wife, Ainsley Earhardt from Fox News Channel.
The Tiger Pregame Show o…