Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s soccer coach Dan Calichman has stepped down to take a job with the Toronto entry of the MLS.
Calichman had directed the program since 2002, running up an impressive record of 139-82-19 in that tenure including a 112-47-13 in SCIAC play. Both marks are second in school history in that sport.
His team won the regular season SCIAC title in 2013, ending a streak of domination by the University of Redlands. It won the SCIAC postseason tournament four other times to earn an automatic playoff berth.
Calichman was offered an assistant position by Greg Vanney who was named head coach was the previous coach was fired. The two played together with the Los Angeles Galaxy for three years.
Calichman joined the CMS program after a 12-year professional playing career. He was captain and central defender for the Galaxy from 1996 to 1998 and was voted best Major League Soccer defender by USA Today in 1996. He also played for two other MLS teams—the San Jose Earthquakes and the New England Revolution.
He played for the United States National Team in 1997-1998 and was the first and only American player to play in the J-League, Japan’s professional soccer league.
Sam Ullman, who played at CMS from 2008 to 2011 will take over on an interim basis. He was an assistant last year under Calichman.
The Stags defeated Cal Lutheran 2-1 in double overtime Saturday in Calichman’s final game.
It’s going to be a busy offseason for CMS athletic director Mike Sutton. The school also has interim coaches in baseball and track.