Like Southern Miss Head Coach Gail Macklin, Claire Rea is no stranger to Lady Eagle soccer. She has been associated with the Lady Eagle program for six of the eight years the program has been in existence, first as a player and now as an assistant coach. Rea enters her fourth season on the coaching staff in 2006, first joining Matt Clark's staff in the 2003 season.
A teammate of Macklin in 1998 and 1999, she was a four-year letterwinner during her playing career from 1998-2001. Rea played in 61 games, with 46 starts, in her career, finishing with four goals, 10 assists and18 points.
She ranks tied for fifth overall in all-time assists with 10. Rea is also tied with Macklin for fifth on the school's single season total in assists, recording five in 2001, also recording the eighth best single-season total in assists per game with 0.31 that same season. She is also tied for the school's single-season lead in most starts in a season, with 18 in 1998.
In addition to her Lady Eagle playing days, Rea was a member of the Belfast United team that won a Division 1 championship and competed on the Irish National Team in 2004.
Rea, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport administration from Southern Miss in 2001, also earning her master's in sport administration in 2004. She is the daughter of Geraldine and the late Drew Rea.
The Rea File
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Education: Bachelor's degree, sport administration, Southern Miss, 2001, master's degree, sports administration, Southern Miss, 2004
1998-2001: Southern Miss: Midfielder
2003-present: Southern Miss: Assistant Coach