Associate Head Coach
McClements is in his first season on the Grand Canyon men's soccer staff in 2019, serving as the associate head coach.
A former Vanderbilt, SMU and Eastern Illinois head coach, McClements coming to GCU marked a reuniting with GCU head coach Schellas Hyndman.
McClements spent four seasons as an assistant coach under Hyndman at SMU, and he succeeded him as the Mustangs head coach upon Hyndman's departure to coach in the MLS.
With the difficult task of following in Hyndman's footsteps as SMU head coach, McClements compiled a 68-46-16 record in seven seasons and led SMU to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.
While his best winning percentage came as SMU head coach, perhaps McClements' best coaching job came in his four seasons at Vanderbilt. Charged with rebuilding an underfunded Vandy program that only offered 2.1 scholarships, McClements' Commodores improved every season. His four-year turnaround culminated with a 9-7-2 record in 2005 that earned him Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors and the program's highest conference finish. The university discontinued the program after the 2005 season.
McClements' parallels with Hyndman trace even further back. Both served as head coach at Eastern Illinois, with Hyndman leading the program from 1977 to 1983 and McClements doing so from 1996 to 1999. Former GCU assistant coach Cizo Mosnia also was Eastern Illinois head coach from 1984 to 1994.
As a player, McClements spent two seasons at Indiana, where he was a part of a program that won a national title in 1983 and was runner-up in 1984. He finished his collegiate career with three seasons at Wheaton College. He played three professional seasons, one in the American Professional Soccer League with New Jersey in 1988 and two years in the National Professional Soccer League with the Dayton Dynamo in 1989 and the Chicago Power in 1990.
McClements attracted top players to his college programs, highlighted by future MLS players Ugo Ihemelu and Duke Hashimoto at SMU and Joe Germanese at Vanderbilt.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois (1991-92) and Midwestern State (1993) before earning his first head coaching position at NAIA powerhouse Baker University (1994-95). After four years at Eastern Illinois (1996-99), McClements completed his first two-year stint as an SMU assistant (2000-01) before taking over Vanderbilt (2002-05). He returned to SMU as an assistant (2006-07) before succeeding Hyndman as head coach (2008-14).
McClements and his wife, Karen, have a daughter, Paige, and a son, Ian.
Vlastimir Davidovic enters his second season on the GCU men's soccer staff in 2019 and first year as a full-time member of the coaching staff after serving one season in 2018 as the volunteer assistant coach.
After joining the program in the spring of 2018, Davidovic's first season with GCU resulted in a WAC Tournament Championship and the program's first trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament. He aided GCU's efforts in film study and practice planning while operating the progrram's camps.
With an extensive background in Phoenix's club soccer landscape, Davidovic brings local ties and a wealth of knowledge on Arizona soccer to the program.
Davidovic comes to GCU having coached youth soccer since 2012 locally at Valparaiso United FC, where he served as the Director of Coaching. He helped build and establish Valparaiso United FC before the club’s merger into RSL AZ in 2018. With Valparaiso United’s merger into Real Salt Lake - Arizona, Davidovic worked for RSL-AZ as a head coach and boys division director. Before transitioning full time with GCU in 2019, Davidovic finished the season with RSL AZ by winning the Arizona State Cup (U13s) with his 2006 RSL AZ boys team. Davidovic is currently on track to receive USSF A coaching license, having started the coaching course in January.
In his playing days, Davidovic played locally for Sereno Soccer Club 89s, a team that was No. 1 ranked nationally.
At the collegiate soccer level, Davidovic played for Paradise Valley CC in 2007 before transferring and playing at the University of Portland from 2008 to 2010. He was part of a team that reached NCAA Quarterfinals his junior year.
Post college, he played for one season in PASL (Professional Arena Soccer League) for Real Phoenix FC, finishing the 2012-13 season as the team MVP with 23 goals and 7 assists in 13 games.
Davidovic received his degree in Psychology from the University of Portland in 2010.
Volunteer Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach
Spencer Widlicka joins the Grand Canyon men's soccer program in 2019 as the volunteer assistant and goalkeepers coach.
Currently a coach with Real Salt Lake Arizona, Widlicka has experience coaching at numerous levels.
He gained club coaching experience with three different clubs in Ohio spanning seven years. He coached his alma mater, United Local High School (Hanoverton, Ohio), for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. Most recently, Widlicka spent the last four years coaching at the University of Mount Union, a Division III school in Alliance, Ohio.
Widlicka played soccer at D-II Ohio Valley University from 2008 to 2012 where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management and Biblical Studies.
While coaching at Mount Union, Widlicka added a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
Chris Maldonado joined the Men’s Soccer program in the fall of 2015, helping with the day-to-day, behind the scenes work of the program. Maldonado’s duties include equipment inventory, team operations, and assisting the team’s Director of Soccer Operations.
Maldonado is set to graduate from Grand Canyon University in April 2019 with a degree in Government with an emphasis in Legal Studies.
A native of Anaheim, Calif., Maldonado moved to Arizona and graduated from Glendale High School where he was part of the Principal’s Honor Roll List. During his high school years, Maldonado was a four-year Varsity letterman in soccer, having captained the team in his junior and senior years.
Maldonado also played with local soccer clubs such as, Club Pachuca and Scottsdale Blackhawks Soccer Club.
Director of Operations
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