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.
David Morris, one of the most decorated runners in Big Sky Conference history, joins the Carroll College men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season after previously volunteering with the program.
“We are very excited to have David join our staff and bring his coaching talents to Carroll College,” head coach Harry Clark said. “He was an outstanding competitor – as good a distance runner to ever compete in Montana – and he has a unique ability to transform those talents into his coaching style. David will play a major role in helping the Saints continue our rise in the NAIA. I am really looking forward to working with him, as are our student-athletes.”
Morris, who spent the past spring as a volunteer assistant coach for the Saints’ track and field teams, recently finished a master’s degree program at the University of Northern Colorado. He has begun his duties at Carroll as the Saints begin preparations to defend both the women’s and men’s Frontier Conference titles. The former standout collegiate student-athlete at the University of Montana is excited about joining the Carroll program.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Montana (Computer Science), Morris is considered the top male distance runners in Grizzly history. He was a three-time NCAA All-America selection and won the 1994 NCAA indoor 3,000-meter title. In all, he won eight Big Sky Conference titles. He still holds Montana’s track record in the 1,500-meters (3:44) and the Big Sky meet record in the 10,000-meters (29:11.17).
From the collegiate ranks, Morris then took his running talents to the professional level and left his mark both nationally and internationally. He set the (then) official U.S. record in the Chicago Marathon of 2:09.32 in 1999 and was the first U.S. competitor in the World Half Marathon Championships in 2002 with a time of 1:03.24. He was third in both 1998 and 2002 at the U.S. Marathon Championships. Morris also captured the United States 25K championships in 2002. His list of running accomplishments is one of the most lengthy in Montana.