First Name: Roy
Last Name: Clements
Sport: Soccer
Inductee Type: Builder
Year Inducted: 2009
Home Town: Dartmouth
County: Halifax County

Roy Clements brought a love for soccer from England to Canada in 1951. He was a tool and dye maker at the Rolls-Royce Company in Crew, England and continued his trace at HMC Dockyard while pioneering his favourite sport in Atlantic Canada. In 1964, he joined Saint Mary’s University and, through the next almost 40 years, became a fixture. Known by all as ‘Coach’, Roy was the longest-serving soccer coach in the University’s history. He was there as Saint Mary’s cut its teeth on competitive sport nationally. He will always be remembered as a coach who, while cantankerous and demanding, care for his players, on and off the field.

Prior to coaching university soccer, Roy guided teams to numerous Atlantic Senior and Maritime Championships. At Saint Mary’s, he had an immediate impact by molding his first Huskies teams into league champions in 1965 and 1966. He won five league championships, two AUAA (now AUS) titles and a silver medal as Eastern Canadian CIAU (now CIS) champions. His influence on soccer spread beyond the campus. For more than 50 years, he was a valued and enthusiastic administrator who fostered the sport’s popularity, success and enormous growth. He served as the president of Soccer Nova Scotia, managed the Armed Forces League, chaired the Atlantic Universities’ Soccer Conference, was Commissioner of the Halifax Metro Soccer League and represented Nova Scotia as a delegate to the CSFA. He also initiated Junior Olympic Soccer Clinics and helped organize the Canada Games.

He was recognized as the AUAA Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1981, received the AUS Board of Directors Award for Contributions to university soccer, and a Gold M Award from the Saint Mary’s Student Association twice. He was honoured by Soccer Nova Scotia, the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Recreation, and Fitness, and Sport Nova Scotia. In 2000, he was inducted into the Saint Mary’s University Sport Hall of Fame, and in 2005, he was named Coach Emeritus by the University. He passed away January 30, 2009 at age 81.

He retired from full-time coaching at Saint Mary’s in 1983 and continued to be part of the University’s athletics program for the next 20 years as game-day ticket manager. Most importantly, he continued to be a well-loved and valued mentor for the men’s and women’s soccer coaches who succeeded him.


• Born: Stoke-on-Trent, England
• Passed away in January 2009 at the age of 81
• Coach Highlights:
• Four-time AUS Champion
• CIS Silver Medallist
• Twice AUS Coach of the Year
• Three Armed Forces League Championships
• Three Atlantic Command Championships
• One Maritime Command Championship
• Canadian Armed Forces National Final
• Nova Scotia Senior Men’s Champions
• Builder Highlights:
• President, Soccer Nova Scotia
• Commissioner, Halifax Metro Soccer League
• AUS Soccer Chairman
• Game Day Ticket Controller – 25 Atlantic Bowls
• Executive, NS Hemophilia Society
• Member, Saint Mary’s University Sport Hall of Fame
• Two Gold Medals from SMU Students’ Association