TRAVIS CLARKE | Head Coach
Travis Clarke was named as the sixth Saint Mary’s College women’s soccer head coach in the program’s 28-year history in March of 2015.
Clarke concluded his sixth season as the head coach at Cal State San Bernardino, where he led the Coyotes to a 63-40-13 record and a 46-34-10 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Under Clarke’s guidance, CSUSB registered six straight winning seasons and, in 2013, advanced to the NCAA Division II West Regional finals.
During his six seasons at CSUSB, Clarke led the women’s soccer program to six consecutive NSCAA and NCAA regional top 10 finishes. He set program records for career wins (63), single season victories (14) single season CCAA victories (9) and consecutive victories (9).
He guided CSUSB student-athletes to 17 all-CCAA honors and seven NSCAA Far West Region selections. In 2013, Chelsey Jones earned conference defensive player of the year, NSCAA All-America and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the year honors.
Off the field, Clark’s teams won 5-straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards and earned the CSUSB athletic department’s top grade point average. The program produced 29 academic all-conference and nine Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.
Clarke is also a 2015-16 NSCAA 30 for 30 program coach mentor.
A 2003 graduate of Cal Poly, Clarke spent three years in the United States Navy. He began his coaching career in 1998 as the varsity boys coach at Atascadero (Calif.) High School, winning three league titles and helping develop three NSCAA/adidas High School All-Americans.
He began coaching girls soccer with the California Legends Soccer Club in 2000 and served as the girls varsity coach at Nipomo High School in 2005. During that span, he also spent time as a men’s assistant at Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College, helping lead both programs to conference titles.
In 2006, Clarke became the first ever head women’s soccer coach at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. He spent three seasons with the Vulcans, compiling a 29-27-1 record that included 25 wins in his final two years.
In the nine previous years of coaching before coming to SMC, Clarke posted a 92-67-14 overall record.
A native of Atascadero, Clarke is married to the former Kimberli Keller. The couple has one son, Calix and reside in Pleasanton.
MARY WHISLER | Volunteer Assistant Coach
Whisler begins her first season as the Volunteer Assistant for Saint Mary's women's soccer in 2016.
Whisler’s duties with the Gaels will include equipment management, assisting with training, video responsibilities and video editing, assisting with campus tours, assisting with camps and travel planning.
Whisler comes to Saint Mary’s from NCAA Division II member Academy of Art University where she served as an assistant coach. During her two seasons with the Urban Knights, Whisler helped guide the team to ever-improving records, including the program’s second-best record in 2015 coupled with its best-ever conference start.
Before Academy of Art, Whisler founded the women’s soccer program at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, in 2011. She coached her way to a 42-12-5 record overall for the Express, who were ranked as high as 14th in the NJCAA poll and 10th in the NSCAA poll. She also coached her team to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2013 after a 17-2-2 season, and was named 2013 NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year.
Whisler was a highly decorated player in the NAIA ranks at the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Ind.), graduating as a two-time All-American, two time Academic All-American, three-time first team all-conference selection, two-time first team all-region selection and a two-time team captain for the Cougars. She earned her bachelors in psychology in 2009.