Tim Rooney, a beloved coach of Lewis and Clark Community College since 1986, was recently honored by the school by holding a dedication for the Tim Rooney Stadium.
The decision to rename the field was made in early December of 2017 by the Lewis and Clark board of trustees. The trustees agreed to rename the field in Rooney’s honor in a unanimous decision.
“Tim Rooney’s legacy has already been cemented as a world class coach and champion,” said Vice President of Student Engagement Sean Hill in a press release. “His integrity is shown through his interaction with students—even after they graduate or transfer. We are proud to have this stadium serve as a continuing reminder of Coach Rooney’s accomplishments and contributions to this community and the sport of soccer.”
Rooney has had a long and meaningful career as a coach. He coached both women and men’s teams over the years since starting in 1986 and retired at the end of Lewis and Clark’s previous season.
He was succeeded by Ryan Hodge, who is coaching the men’s soccer team this season. Rooney has returned to coach women’s soccer at L&C.
During Rooney’s time as a coach, he has lead students from both men’s and women’s teams to more than 800 wins. He is one of the most successful women’s soccer coaches.
He has lead multiple teams to the NJCAA National Championships. Rooney has also been honored as NJCAA Men’s District Coach of the Year in 2015, NJCAA Women’s Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008, and NJCAA Women’s Region 24 Coach of the Year in 2015, and entered the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009 and the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2010.
The renaming ceremony for the Tim Rooney Stadium was attended by friends, family and former athletes who were coached by Rooney and took place between two soccer games.
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