Clovis Simas in now in his fourth 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 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.
Kirk Childers is in his second season as a member of the Union coaching staff. He also is currently serving in his second season as the girl’s soccer head coach at Madison Academic High School in Jackson.
In 2007, Childers was also the head coach for the Jackson Christian School middle school girl’s soccer team.
Childers graduated from Union University in May of 2009 with a degree in Physical Education. He played two years of soccer for Union, scoring seven goals and five assists during Union career.
Before transferring to Union, Childers played two years of soccer at Wallace State Community College from 2003-04. He scored 16 goals with 11 assists during his time at Wallace State.
Childers, a native of Florence, Alabama, is involved in volunteer work for the Vista Program in Florence. This enables him to work with underprivileged students in physical education.
Childers also plays soccer for a semi-professional team called Rocket City United in Huntsville, Ala.