Assistant coach Claire Scanlan enters her second season with UAlbany, bringing a wealth of experience having played and coached professionally throughout the world, including in the United States, England, Ireland and Japan.
Having previously served as an assistant coach at Oakland University (MI) from 2014-2017, Scanlan helped the Golden Grizzlies win the Horizon League in 2015 with a team & athletic department high 3.59 GPA.
Prior to Oakland, Scanlan was the associate head coach at Troy University (AL) from 2008-14 where she helped build the team into a Sun Belt Conference contender. Scanlan had previously been a graduate assistant and completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Troy in 2001.
Scanlan has also served as the head coach of Ireland’s Under-23 National Team and was an assistant coach for Ireland’s Under-17 Women’s National Team that reached the U17 Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010.
Scanlan also served as the assistant coach with the England College’s National Team in 2007/08 and helped them to achieve success in their inaugural year.
In addition to her international experience, Scanlan’s previous coaching roles include being the head coach of the Female Football Academy at Filton College, part of Bristol’s Academy of Sport in England. Under Scanlan’s leadership, Filton College won back-to-back National Championships in 2007 and 2008, along with two National Cup Championships. Scanlan’s success with Filton College helped guide them to being named the “Female Football Academy of the Year” by the English FA.
Scanlan played at Mercyhurst University (PA) where she received her Bachelor's Degree in business. While at Mercyhurst, Scanlan was a two-time All-American and was the Conference Player of the Year and named the Division II Player of the Year in 1995. Scanlan was inducted into the Mercyhurst University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Following her stellar collegiate career Scanlan played professionally in the Japanese “L” League with Oki FC Winds. She also won a National Championship playing with Springfield Sirens in the W-League and continued that success with the Memphis Mercury where she captained the highly regarded W-league team.
Scanlan’s career continued in Europe where she played with Leeds United and Bristol Academy in the English Women’s Premier league and helped guide Bristol to a top four finish in the league and three FA Cup semi-final’s in four years.
Scanlan holds the USSF ‘A’, USA Premier Diploma and the UEFA ‘B’ license.