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January 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

I.M. Ibrahim (Part I of II)


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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. Ibrahim coached Clemson to the NCAA Championship in 1984 and 1987 and took Clemson to the NCAA Tournament 17 of his 28 seasons. He led the program to the Final Four of college soccer six times, and won 11 ACC Championships, tied for the most league titles by any coach in Clemson sports history.


Born in Haifa, Israel, he entered the United States in 1960 and attended Shorter College in Rome, GA. In his last two years at Shorter, he played and served as the coach of the soccer program. Upon his graduation from Shorter in 1964, he moved to Clemson where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D in chemistry.

In 1967 Ibrahim approached then Assistant Athletic Director Bill McLellan about forming a varsity soccer program. McLellan thought the idea was sound and asked Athletic Director Frank Howard to start the program with Ibrahim as head coach.

(Continued in Tomorrow’s blog)

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