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Spotlight On: Tim Rooney

Program: Women's Soccer

Women’s Soccer Head Coach Tim Rooney has returned to Lewis and Clark’s newly-dedicated Tim Rooney Stadium to lead the Trailblazers into the 2018 season. 

Rooney, who retired after 31 years with Lewis and Clark in November 2017, remains the National Junior College Athletic Association’s winningest women’s soccer coach of all time (and has been since 2012).

“Without a doubt, Rooney is one of the greatest NJCAA coaches of all time, and has certainly left a legacy here at Lewis and Clark,” said L&C Athletic Director Doug Stotler.

Rooney began coaching the men’s program in 1986 and started the women’s program in 1993.

By the time of his retirement, his record with the men’s team was 400-222-31, and was 419-101-22 with the women.

Other accolades earned over the course of his career at L&C included: 

Induction into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009


  • NJCAA National Championships with the women’s team in 1999 and 2008
  • NJCAA Women’s Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008
  • NJCAA Men’s District Coach of the Year in 2015
  • NJCAA Women’s Region 24 Coach of the Year in 2015 


Prior to L&C, he worked as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Steamers in the 1980s, under Hall of Fame Coaches Pat McBride and Al Trost.

Rooney’s coaching career includes stints with a number of club teams, including Scott Gallagher, J.B. Marine, Busch S.C. and Norco. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and at Florissant Valley Community College, where he played collegiate soccer.