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Jeremy Clevenger
Assistant Coach

Clevenger joined the UNI coaching staff for the 2016 season. The Panthers posted their highest finish in the Missouri Valley Conference in program history in 2016. Clevenger helped the Panthers to the No. 3 seed in the MVC Tournament with a league record of 2-2-2 and an overall mark of 8-8-3. UNI went 7-2-1 in 10 home matches. This past season, the Panther squad had six players earn all-conference recognition – the most in the program’s history. UNI set single-season school records for points (67), goals (27), goals per game (1.42), shots (250) and shutouts (7). UNI’s eight wins tied for the second-most in school history behind the 2003 squad’s total of 10 victories.

Clevenger had served as the head women's soccer coach at Western State College, in Gunnison, Colo., the past four seasons. He was the first coach in the Mountaineer program's history and guided the squad from a 1-14 mark in its inaugural 2012 season to a 7-7-4 record in 2015.

In 2015, Clevenger guided WSC to a pair of wins over ranked Division II foes in No. 20 UC-Colorado Springs and No. 22 Metro State. The Mountaineers had nine student-athletes named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference academic honor roll. WSCU saw four players earned all-RMAC honors.

He was also on the staff on an inaugural season for both the men's and women's soccer program at Fort Hays State in 2011. He was responsible for startup of the programs, recruiting, travel and practice. The Tigers had two women earn All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honors and two men earn a spot on the NSCAA All-Central Region First Team.

In 2010, Clevenger was the head women's assistant soccer coach at Houston Baptist University. The Huskies were the Great West Conference champions and had four all-tournament selections during the conference championships. He was also the primary recruiting and travel coordinator and had responsibilities for practice and game coaching.

Clevenger was member of the coaching staff at Baylor University in 2009, and helped lead the Bears to their first winning season since 2000. Baylor advanced to its first Big 12 Tournament since 2006 and was second in the conference for its goals against average.

Clevenger spent a season at Ottawa University as the head assistant coach for the men's and women's teams. The Braves had two women on the NAIA All-America team and finished as the runner-up in the conference tournament. He was the primary recruiting coordinator for both teams, monitored academic progress and was involved in alumni relations and fundraising.

Clevenger was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri and was part of a staff that led the Jennies to a share of the MIAA title in 2007. The Jennies advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament and were ranked as high as fifth in the nation.

Clevenger entered the coaching ranks as an assistant men's soccer coach at San Joaquin Delta College. He was involved in practice and game coaching for the NJCAA program in California.

A native of Stockton, California, Clevenger boasts a NSCAA Coaching Diploma and Regional Goalkeeper Diploma, and has a United States Soccer Federation Coaching License. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in kinesiology from San Francisco State University and a master's degree in sports and business administration from Central Missouri.


Chris Kowalski
Assistant Coach

Kowalski joined the UNI Women’s Soccer staff in 2017.  During that campaign, the Panthers set records for a season in victories (14), goals (34), assists (29), shots (309) and shutouts (11).  The Panthers also advanced to the MVC Championship match for the first time in the program’s history. 

From 2015-2017, Kowalski served as the Head Coach for the Cedar Falls High School Women’s Soccer team.  His teams went to three substate finals and finished the 2017 season ranked in the Top 15 for the state of Iowa for the first time in school history. 

From 2004-2012, he served as the Director of Operations for FC Midwest Soccer Academy, as well as the Head Coach for the U13, U17 and U18 Girls Teams.  During his tenure with FC Midwest, Kowalski coached over 30 players who subsequently competed as collegiate student-athletes at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels.

Kowalski also serves as an Associate Professor in the Leisure, Youth & Human Services Division at UNI.  He has spent 20 years teaching in the Division, and his research involves topics related to youth development and success in athletics, including coaching efficacy, leadership, and hazing/bullying prevention.  He has co-authored or written chapters for nine books as well as published over 50 articles and presentations at the state, national, and international levels.    

Kowalski holds NSCAA Regional, Goalkeeping I, and Zonal Defending diplomas.  He also has his USSF “D” License.  He earned his Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Youth Development from the University of Northern Iowa, his Master’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Idaho, and his bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice from Creighton University.  He resides in Cedar Falls with his wife, Crystal, and their two children, Norah (4) and Lukas (2).