Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Chad Clift

Chad Clift is considered the first stand-out star in soccer from the Peoria area.  He competed at Bergan High School, Viterbo College, and Bradley University. At Bergan, Chad was a three time All-Conference selection and earned 1st Team All-State and All-Midwest honors in 1987 and 1988.   He achieved honorable mention NAIA All-America status in 1990 while playing for Viterbo College (La Crosse, WI) and holds school soccer records for career goals (59) and assists (17) in a season. Chad transferred to Bradley and earned 2nd Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1992 and 1993. He was also the team’s offensive MVP each season and holds two Bradley records:  most goals in a game (5) and most points in a game (10).  He was the 1st soccer player inducted into Bradley’s Hall of Fame.  After his playing days, Chad remained active in soccer.  He coached at East Peoria High School, leading the Raiders to titles in the Mid Illini Conference and a regional tournament.  As a soccer official, he was assigned to the IHSA Boys State Finals in 2014 and for the Girls State Finals in 2015 and 2016.