I.M. Ibrahim (Part II 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.
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.
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