Nicole McClure: “It’s a privilege to start my college coaching career at Princeton.” (Photo courtesy of Princeton)
Nicole McClure has a new challenge – an assistant coach of the Princeton University women’s team.
The Jamaica, N.Y. native is best known to area soccer fans as a member of the Jamaican national team’s squad aat the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the East Meadow Shooting Stars (Long Island Junior Soccer League).
McClure also has played professional for eight years.
“It’s a privilege to start my college coaching career at Princeton,” McClure said in a statement. “The women’s program has a strong legacy of outstanding student-athletes and I look forward to providing mentorship and guidance to these young women. I’m excited to learn from [head coach] Sean [Driscoll] and [assistant coach] Mike [Poller] as we prepare the leaders of tomorrow and continue the success of the program.”
McClure began her collegiate career at Hawaii, helping the team to Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships as a freshman in 2007. She transferred to the University South Florida for her final two seasons, securing goals-against averages of 0.89 and 1.24 in 2010 and 2011 as the team’s starting keeper, respectively. The 2010 season saw McClure and the Bulls win the Big East tournament and advance to the second round of the NCAAs.
As a pro, McClure played from 2012 through 2019 with teams in Iceland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Israel, France and the United Kingdom.
Her national team experience with Jamaica began with the Under-20 squad in 2008. McClure’s first senior national team call-up was in 2014. McClure helped Jamaica qualify for its first Women’s World Cup as the team finished third at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The WWC clincher came in the third-place match against Panama, where McClure helped Jamaica win the penalty-kick shootout 4-2 with two saves. McClure started Jamaica’s final game in the 2019 WWC against Australia.
“Nicole made an immediate impact during the interview process,” Driscoll said. “Her desire to be a part of our program was evident from her preparation, palpable energy and the questions she asked of our staff and our goalkeepers. Her life experiences and acquired knowledge from playing professionally in France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Croatia and Iceland, as well as the Jamaican national t