Clovis Simas in now in his fifth season as varsity head coach for the Union men's soccer program. Simas took over the program in 2006 as only the second head coach in the history of the program. Prior to take the head coaching job, Simas served as the reserve team coach as well as being an assistant coach for the varsity team.
In his first season, Simas led the team to their highest ever NAIA National Ranking when the Bulldogs reached No. 9. The team also reached new heights with one of the biggest wins in the history of the program when Union knocked of the No. 1 ranked Lindsey Wilson, 2-1 in overtime. In his next season, he continued to compete for the conference title with a 6-2-1 league mark. In each season, Simas has kept Union as a contender for the conference crown.
Simas has a career record of 32-29-6 (.478).
Simas was a Bulldog soccer player during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In just two seasons with Union, Simas became a favorite among his teammates and the coaching staff with his hard work on and off the field, as well as, his outstanding personality.
During his Union playing career, Simas served as Team Captain and was named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 2003. He was an instrumental part in Union's 2003 NCCAA National Championship. In 2002, his first season with Union, Simas was named to the TranSouth All-Conference Team, as well as, the NCCAA All-MidEast Region Team. Overall, Simas scored 13 goals and 17 assists in his two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Simas, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, graduated Cum Laude from Union in December of 2004 with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish.
Simas has numerous soccer coaching credentials and experience. He was certified through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America when he received his Advanced National Coaching License in 2003. During his time since finishing his playing career at Union, Simas served as coach for the Union women’s soccer club team from 2002-2003. He also was the boy’s varsity head coach at Trinity Christian Academy in 2003. In addition, Simas has worked with the Englewood Baptist Soccer Academy and the Jackson Club – Under 10 league.
Among his numerous soccer achievements, Simas represented the Brazilian National Team and helped lead the team to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Title in 1996. That season, he led the team in points. Simas also represented the World United team as the team captain and helped lead the team to the US National Futsal Title in 2003. Over his youth, high school, and college career, Simas has been a part of numerous championship teams including but not limited to the Kansas City Midwest Division Title (1999, 2000), Minas Gerais State Title (1996, 1997), Futsal World Cup Title (1996), Flowers Tournament of Australia (1996), Iberia Cup Title (1993) and Span Cup Title (1992). The playing career of Simas also produced several individual honors such as NPSL All-Star (1999-2001), NPSL Rookie of the Year (1999), Kansas City Attack Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). Simas also was honored for being the high scorer in several events (Minas Tenis Clube, Flowers Tournament, Santa Catarina Open, and Cup of Spain).
Simas and his wife Doris live in Jackson with their two children, Gabriele and Camila.
Michael Lee begins his first season as the men's soccer assistant coach at Union University. Lee spent four seasons as a member of the men's soccer program.
In the spring of 2009, Lee was the head coach of the Trinity Middle School boys soccer program. He has assisted in numerous soccer camps, including helping start the Kick's soccer camp in his hometown of Lexington, Tenn.
Lee is a 2009 graduate of Union with a degree in Biblical Studies. He also has his class "E" coaching license and is currently working toward earning his national coaching diploma and is a member of the NSCAA.
Lee played four seasons of soccer for Lexington High School. He was selected as team captain as a junior and senior, while also earning all-district honors. Lee was the captain of the Jackson Wolves club team.
Lee resides in Jackson, Tenn. with his wife Ashton and the two are expecting their first child.