Jim McElderry

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    Head Coach
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  • Alma Mater
    Fairfield '93
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    16th Year at Fordham
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- 2014 & 2016 Atlantic 10 Champions
- 2017 NCAA Quarterfinalist
- 2014, 2016, & 2017 NCAA Championship Appearance
- 2011 Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champions
- 2011 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year
- Four-time Fordham Coach of the Year (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018)

In 2003, Jim McElderry was hired as only the fourth head coach of the Fordham men's soccer program, and to this day, McElderry continues to put teams on the field that rank among the top squads in the Atlantic 10 as well as getting onto the national stage.

From 2014-17, McElderry has led the Rams to the NCAA Championship three times and to the Atlantic 10 Championship four times, winning the conference championship twice in 2014 and 2016, while making the semifinals in both 2015 and 2017.

The Rams current run of success was highlighted by a 2017 run to the NCAA quarterfinals and a #11 national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll.  Fordham finished the year with a school record 14 wins, posted two wins over nationally-ranked opponents, recorded its first two NCAA tournament wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and #11 seed Virginia, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals following an exciting penalty kick shootout win at #6 seed Duke, before falling to #3 seed North Carolina.

On top of the team accomplishments, the Rams had eight individuals honored with postseason accolades from various organizations, led by Janos Loebe, who was named Third Team All-America by College Soccer News, USC All-Midwest Region First Team and First Team All-Atlantic 10, and Matthew Lewis, who was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, USC All-Midwest Region Second Team, and First Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-ECAC.  Jannik Loebe became only the second player in Atlantic 10 history to be selected to the Atlantic 10 Championship team four times, while also earning First Team All-Atlantic 10 and USC All-Midwest Region Third Team honors. Rashid Nuhu picked up honors from the Atlantic 10 (First Team), the USC (All-Midwest Second Team), and the ECAC (First Team) with Joergen Oland also earning Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and USC All-Midwest Region Third Team honors.  Two Rams ended up on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team (Jacob Bohm, Andron Kagramanyan), while academically, Eric Ohlendorf earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honor and was named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference for the second straight year.  The year ended with McElderry receiving Fordham's "Iron Major" Award for the fourth time in his career, as the school's Coach of the Year.

The run began in 2014, when McElderry was able to pull it all together for the first time, as the Rams won the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second time in program history (1996), and advance to the NCAA Championship.  Fordham put together an amazing four-day stretch at the Atlantic 10 Championship, which ended with a 1-0 win over Rhode Island.  Goalkeeper Sean Brailey was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, while five players were selected to the All-Championship team.  In addition to the team's run at the Championship, three players were honored on the All-Conference Team, including Andres Penfold, who was named First Team All-Atlantic 10.

imageMcElderry looked for back-to-back championship for the Rams in 2015, but the team fell in the conference semifinals.  Though short of the team goal, there were still plenty of highlights, led by Janos Loebe, who was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10, and Second Team NSCAA All-Midwest Region.  Fordham had three other players earn All-Atlantic 10 honors with Jannik Loebe and Matthew Lewis being Second Team honorees and Rashid Nuhu making the All-Rookie Team along side Janos Loebe.

In 2016, the Rams put together three consecutive shutouts in the Atlantic 10 Championship, winning the title in a shootout over VCU, where Most Outstanding Player Rashid Nuhu made three saves in the penalty kick shootout to give Fordham its third-ever Atlantic 10 crown.   The 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship capped an outstanding season for Fordham soccer, which saw six Rams receive Atlantic 10 awards, three receive NSCAA All-Region accolades, and five were selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship team.  Janos Loebe led the awards by being named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10, and NSCAA Second Team All-Region.  Jannik Loebe was also First Team All-Atlantic 10 and Third Team All-Region with Nuhu garnering Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and NSCAA All-Region accolades.  Lewis earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors for the second straight year with Joergen Oland being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and Eric Ohlendorf receiving Academic All-Atlantic 10 honors. 

During his tenure at Fordham, McElderry has shown a knack for bringing in strong recruiting classes. To date, six players have garnered preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team honors, 17 postseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team honors and 29 All-Atlantic 10 accolades, including six during the 2011 campaign.

The level of competition McElderry puts on the field each year is also recognized on the national level as his players have received 24 All-Region awards in the last 11 seasons, including three in 2011 and 2016 and five in 2017.

McElderry's turnaround for Fordham soccer began in 2005, as the Rams posted an 8-5-5 record, the team's first winning season since 1998. The Rams ended the year ranked in the New York Region for the first time since 1998, while finishing as one of the most improved teams in the NCAA, tying for sixth in the country with a six-game improvement.  Individually, the Rams had two players named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, one player as All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention, and one as Second Team All-New York Region.21750

The Rams then took another step forward under McElderry in 2006, going 9-3-5 overall. The squad was nationally ranked as high as 12th in the country for half the season. Fordham was once again regionally ranked by year's end, having three players earn All-Atlantic 10 honors and two garner All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades.

In 2007, the Rams compiled a 5-4-0 conference record, making their first appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament since 1998. The 2008 squad also went to the A-10 postseason tournament boasting a 5-3-1 league mark.

In McElderry's seventh season, Fordham finished third in the Atlantic 10 and made their third-consecutive appearances at the conference tournament. Three Rams were named to the All-Atlantic 10 lists and three earned All-Region accolades, the most regional awards a Fordham men's soccer team has ever received. The 2009 squad was also recognized by the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rate.

The 2010 squad reached double-digit wins (10) for the first time during his tenure as head coach, while in 2011, the team took home a share of the regular season title, won 11 games, had seven players earn all-conference accolades and saw Coach McElderry earn Fordham's Coach of the Year Award at the Block F dinner as well as the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year Award.

Prior to Fordham, McElderry served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fairfield, from 1993-2002. The Stags soccer program enjoyed unparalleled success in McElderry's last four years, advancing to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship game in each of those years.
McElderry guided the Rams to the 2014 A-10 Championship.

In 1998, the team broke into the top 25 for the first time in school history, finishing with a school-record 15 wins, highlighted by an 11-game unbeaten streak. In 1999, the Stags won their first ever MAAC championship and advanced to an NCAA Tournament play-in game, finishing with a 12-8-1 record. The 2000 Fairfield squad was again ranked in the top 25, placing as high as 15th, finishing with a 13-2-2 record, while the 2001 team was ranked as high as 12th, first in the New England region, compiling an 11-5-4 record and falling to Loyola in double overtime in the MAAC title game. McElderry has also been associated with the Region I Olympic Development Program and was on the Storm Academy Soccer Club staff for its multiple regional championships.  McElderry has also been a scout for United States Soccer Federation Development Academy.

A 1993 graduate of Fairfield with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Economics, McElderry was a four-year letterman at Fairfield. He earned the 1992 MAAC Player of the Year award and also received All-MAAC honors as a back in 1991 and 1992.

McElderry was inducted into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Following graduation, McElderry played professionally for the New York Fever of the A-League from 1994-97 and then for the Long Island Rough Riders (A-League) from 1997-98. He also played for the New York Freedoms, for four seasons.

McElderry earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Foundation from Fairfield in 1999. He resides in Stamford, Conn., with his wife, Kim (Connecticut College Hall of Fame member for field hockey), and their daughter, Grace, and son, Liam.