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An Eye for Soccer: Gene Clemens

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“Gene is a Blue Jay through and through.” — Skip Roderick Gene Clemens—or as students refer to him, Geno—didn’t always have an itch for the pitch, but one trip changed that forever. The longtime Elizabethtown College professor made his initial pilgrimage to Ireland with the men’s soccer team in 1992 and has been a large part of the careers and lives of coaches and student-athletes ever since. Clemens started at Elizabethtown College as a Bible and philosophy instructor in 1965. He taught for 35 years before retiring in 2000. Clemens is still going strong with the men’s soccer team, regularly attending practices and games. Head soccer coach Arthur ‘Skip’ Roderick, a 1974 Elizabethtown grad, was in Clemens’ classes. “I’ve admired Gene since I had him as a [teacher],” said Roderick, now in his 31st year coaching at the College....

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