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Clayton named coach for FMCC soccer teams

JOHNSTOWN — David Clayton has been selected as the new Head Coach for the Fulton Montgomery Community College Men’s and Women’s soccer programs. Clayton takes over for Cory Leggiero who has stepped down after five successful seasons with the men’s soccer program.

“I am very excited about the addition of David Clayton and what he can do for our programs. He will bring the men’s program to the next level. As for our women’s program, Coach Clayton will look to draw on local talent to build a competitive program. Looking forward to a bright future for soccer at FMCC,” said Athletic Director Kevin Jones.

Coach Clayton, born in Cardiff Wales UK, has been playing soccer since he was three years old. He is a 2003 graduate of Brookfield Central School where he holds the all-time record for goals scored. 

He continued playing soccer at Mohawk Valley Community College, where he earned his Associate Degree. Coach Clayton traveled to England and Wales playing for multiple teams before returning to the U.S. 

Clayton attended SUNY Empire State, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Economics. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University.

Coach Clayton has over 18 years of coaching experience at many different levels. David started with high school and club soccer and eventually moved his way to college. 

He was the women’s assistant soccer coach at Herkimer College where he was recognized as a 2016 NSCAA Junior College Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.  Most recently, he was the head men’s soccer coach at North Country Community College. In his first season, with just a few months to recruit, Clayton led his team to the Region 3 post-season tournament.  

“Being someone that is very familiar with the region and area, I am very excited with this new opportunity. I have always seen Fulton-Montgomery as the team you were always worried to play against. You just weren’t sure what you were up against. I plan to bring a higher level of play with both teams. With the amount of talent at the local schools around the area, I am looking forward to re-starting the women’s program after a five year hiatus. I will be in contact with the coaches and attending games to rebuild this program and bring it success,” stated Clayton.

In addition to college soccer, he coaches a semi-professional women’s team Krajisnik FC that takes part in the United Premier Soccer League which he has built from the ground up. David also built the men’s UPSL team back in 2017 with the backing of Krajisnik FC of Utica.

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