Clark, who spent the past year as assistant coach for the Saints, joined the Carroll program last summer after spending 11 seasons as an assistant at the University of Montana where he coached the sprints, hurdles and throws. During his coaching tenure at Montana, Clark coached numerous Big Sky Conference indoor and outdoor champions.
Clark got off to a great start this past season as he coached a pair of Carroll student-athletes to the program’s first-ever individual national titles. Junior Easton Padden won the NAIA pole vault championship at both the indoor and outdoor national championships and sophomore Kathleen Mulligan captured the women’s triple jump title this past week at the NAIA championships in Indiana.
The Saints registered five NAIA All-America selections during the outdoor season and added nine more indoors. All told, 14 athletes received All-America recognition this past season to go along with the three individual titles and numerous academic accolades.
Clark was an outstanding athlete at both the University of Houston and Montana State University, qualifying four times for the NCAA championships in the decathlon. His highest finish helped him earn NCAA All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the National Championships. Clark also competed at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival, where he had a third-place showing in the decathlon. Clark still holds the Montana State University record in the decathlon with 7,633 points.
As a prep at Cascade (Mont.) High, Clark was an 11-time state champion in track & field. He held the all-time, all-class state record in the triple jump (48-2) until this past weekend in Bozeman when Mathew Tokarz from Flathead High School broke the 29-year mark with a leap of 48-9 1/2. Clark still holds the Class B record in the triple jump (48-2), 110-meter hurdles (14.54) and 300-meter hurdles (38.1).
Clark and his wife, the former Lori Duncan, have two sons, Dexter (14) and Cole (9). He will begin his head coaching duties immediately and announce his staff within the next two weeks.