Head Coach Brienne Smith
Smith will enter her 6th season at the helm for the Cougars in the fall of 2019. Smith has turned the program around since her takeover in 2014. After winning just 4 games in her first two seasons the Cougars have combined for 18 wins in the last two seasons, and qualified for the NEWMAC Championship Tournament in 2017. This past fall, Macy Golman, a member of Smith’s first recruiting class, was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region third team. She becomes the first Clark player to earn this recognition since 2005.
Prior to arrival at Clark, Smith spent four years as the head women's coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. where she guided the Greyhounds to four straight Landmark Conference tournament appearances, including a berth in the championship game in 2012. During that 2012 season, Smith was named Landmark Coach of the Year, while two of her student-athletes garnered the league's offensive and defensive player of the year awards, respectively. Her program saw eight student-athletes earn a combined 13 all-conference citations during her tenure, including six first-team selections.
Prior to Moravian, Smith spent nine years as an assistant coach at Tufts University. During her time with the Jumbos, Smith helped lead them to three NCAA Tournament berths, including a trip to the Final Four in 2005 and more than 80 victories.
Smith was a four-year letter winner with the Cougars appearing in 68 of 76 games from 1997-00. She was part of the 1998 team that won a school-record 17 games and garnered the school's lone NCAA Tournament bid. A 2001 Clark University graduate with a degree in psychology and a minor in education, Smith also holds a master's degree in physical education from Bridgewater State and an Advanced National Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches.
Assistant Coach Jenna Zarou
Zarou will enter her 4th season with the Cougars this fall. A former team captain and four-year standout at Clark, Zarou saw action in 68 career games, making 65 all-time starts, finishing with 23 points (nine goals, seven assists). As a sophomore, Zarou was named to the NEWMAC Second-Team All-Conference squad after helping the Scarlet and White advance to the conference semifinals. A 2014 graduate of Clark University with a double major in psychology and education, Zarou earned her master's degree in teaching from Clark in 2015. Originally from Garden City, N.Y., she is currently a fifth grade teacher at the Goddard School of Science and Technology less than a mile away from the Clark campus.
Assistant Coach / GK Coach Sydney Kahan
Kahan will enter her second season at Clark. She assists in all aspects of coaching but her primary role is to work with the goalkeepers.
Kahan was a four year-year letter winner in soccer at DIII Wesley College. She started all four years for the Wolverines in net and holds one of the lowest goals against average in program history. She was named captain of the team in 2012, her senior year. She graduated with a degree in exercise science in 2014. Kahan also played semi-professional soccer for the Rhode Island Reds FC in the WPSL for two seasons.
While coaching at Clark, Kahan is also a member of the New England Revolution Academy Staff. She has been on staff for the past 3 years and has held multiple roles within the organization, most recently being the director of coaching for Lincoln Youth Soccer. She is also part of the Rhode Island ODP coaching staff. Additionally, Kahan works as the GK Coach at Division II Assumption College here in Worcester. Before moving back home to RI, Kahan served as an assistant coach for the Girl’s Varsity Team for Polytech High School in DE for 3 seasons and helped lead the team to a conference championship in 2013. Kahan currently holds her USSF "C" License.
Assistant Coach Grace McElroy-Howard
McElroy-Howard joined the Clark University women's soccer staff in the Fall of 2018.
McElroy-Howard was a four year member of the Clark University women's soccer team, graduating with the class of 2018. She was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Sportsmanship Team as a senior. While at Clark she worked with the Mass Youth Soccer Association as a GOALS Program Coach in Boston, Mass. In this role she coordinated and supervised soccer drills and activities for numerous summer camp groups in the greater Boston area. McElroy-Howard also worked as a Park Instructor in Watertown, Mass. at the Watertown Recreation Department. In this role she led day camp programs for children and worked as a referee for the sports camps.
On top of her four year soccer career McElroy-Howard also stayed involved in service trips and volunteering. She volunteered at the Jeremiah's Inn Food Pantry in Worcester, Mass. and at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline, Mass. She went on week-long service trips to rural villages in Honduras (2012) and Dominican Republic (2016).
McElroy-Howard is from Watertown, Mass. and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Screen Studies (Clark University '18).