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Feb 01, 2023

Clemson Athletics Black History: Nnamdi Nwokocha

Nnamdi Nwokocha was a member of the Clemson men’s soccer program from 1979-1982. The native of Onitsha, Nigeria, was an NSCAA All-American at Clemson in 1979 and 1981. He was a first-team All-ACC selection in 1979, 1980, and 1981. In 1979, he was named Player of the Year as a freshman when he led the Tigers to the NCAA National Championship match. He was also the team MVP in 1979, 1980, and 1981. He led the ACC in goal scoring in 1979, 1980, and 1981 and led the ACC in assists with 11 in 1979.

A prolific scorer, he is first on the Clemson career list and second in the ACC for most points with 171. He is also second in school history and third in league history for most goals scored in a career with 74. Nwokocha averaged 1.17 goals per game during his Clemson career. He had four consecutive hat tricks in four matches during the 1980 season. He scored seven game-winning goals in the 1981 season. It took him only 11 games to score 20 goals in the 1979 season. For his career, he had 23 assists. He also had 19 game-winning goals in his career, the second-best in school history.

In a feat that will probably never be duplicated, he scored a school record and an ACC record seven goals in one half vs. Belmont Abby on September 9, 1979. He also had two assists in that game as he finished with 16 points, also a school record. He was also named a member of the ACC’s 50th year Anniversary team and was posthumously inducted into the Clemson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.