Clemson soccer coach resigns following arrest

pstrelow@thestate.comJune 17, 2009 

  • Trevor Adair

    AGE: 48

    COLLEGE: Bachelor’s, economics, Lock Haven State, 1982 (four-year soccer letterwinner); master’s, physical education, USC, 1989.

    AT CLEMSON: 14 seasons, 174-91-26 record, nine NCAA tournaments (Final Four, 2005), eight top-12 national poll finishes.

    PREVIOUSLY: Assistant coach, USC 1985-90; head coach, Brown (34-24-5 record).

    PERSONAL: Wife Jody, daughters Courtney and Megan

    DID YOU KNOW: Adair coached 14 All-Americans at Clemson, including current Team USA member Oguchi Onyewu

CLEMSON — Clemson announced the resignation of men’s soccer coach Trevor Adair on Tuesday, more than two months after Adair was arrested on charges of allegedly assaulting his two teenage daughters.

It is unclear whether Adair, 48, was asked or forced to resign by the university.

Adair’s lead assistant coach, Phil Hindson, will serve as the Tigers’ interim coach through the 2009 season, the school announced.

On April 11, Adair was arrested on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after Clemson police responded at 2:30 a.m. to a 911 call concerning loud screams and a fight at his home.

Officers arrived and found Adair along with other persons in the front yard. According to a release from the police department, Adair was found to have assaulted his two daughters as a result of an argument.

He was arraigned and released from Clemson’s City Jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The matter was turned over to the solicitor’s office, and Adair was placed on a leave of absence.

“After a great deal of thought and prayer, I believe the time is right to pursue other opportunities in coaching and to help transition the Clemson program to new leadership,” Adair said in a statement.

Attempts to reach Adair were unsuccessful. Athletics director Terry Don Phillips is on vacation and could not be reached for comment beyond his expression of thanks to Adair in the school’s release.

In 14 years with the Tigers, Adair guided the Tigers to nine NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2005, and posted a record of 174-91-26.

Adair is the second veteran Clemson coach to resign in as many summers amid legal issues.

Last June, longtime track coach Bob Pollock retired two months after a State Law Enforcement Division report concluded he misused school funds by depositing more than $27,000 into a personal bank account. Criminal charges were not pursued because Pollock and assistant coach Charles Foster both took salary cuts as restitution to the university.

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