Glenn Clark

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Glenn Clark
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 44)
Pickering, Ontario
Position Defender
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 218 pounds (99 kg)
Former NLL teams Philadelphia Wings
Toronto Rock
Nationality Canada
NLL Draft 27th overall, 1997
Ontario Raiders
Pro career 19982006
Shoots Left
Nickname The Professor

Glenn Clark (born December 1, 1969, in Pickering, Ontario) is the former head coach of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League, and also a former NLL player. Clark played in the NLL from 1998-2006 for both the Rock and the Philadelphia Wings. With the Rock, Clark won five NLL Championships. He also appeared in three National Lacrosse League All-Star Games, two with the Rock, and one with the Wings. In 2003, Clark played for Team Canada as they won the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. In 2011, he became goaltending coach for Team Canada.[1]

Off the floor, Clark is a physical education teacher at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Biography[edit]

Clark first played lacrosse for Ajax at the age of 9. He played five years of Junior lacrosse, three and one half years for Scarborough and one and one half years for Whitby.

Clark was called up in 1990 to help Brooklin win the Mann Cup, and was drafted by the Redmen in 1991, scoring 55 goals and 126 assists plus 467 PIM in 190 games, including a brief stint for Brantford in the "old" NLL in 1991. Glenn was the Defensive Player of the Year for Brooklin all five of the summers in which he played the full schedule.[citation needed]

NLL Career[edit]

Clark was drafted by the Ontario Raiders, and played in 1998, the Raiders' only season. The next year, the Raiders moved to Toronto, becoming the Toronto Rock. Clark played seven seasons with the Rock, helping lead them to five NLL championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005). Clark appeared in two All-Star Games as a member of the Rock, in 2004 and 2005. After the 2005 season, Clark signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Wings. He played the 2006 season as a member of the Wings and was selected to the All-Star team for a third time.

After the 2006 season, Clark was offered the position of head coach of the Toronto Rock, and immediately retired from playing to take the job.[2] His debut season with the Rock was not as successful as Clark was hoping for; the Rock opened the season with three straight losses before climbing to a final 6-10 record. This was good enough to make the playoffs, but the Rock were beaten 10-6 by the eventual Champion's Cup-winning Rochester Knighthawks.

On January 11, 2008, the Minnesota Swarm defeated the Toronto Rock 17-16 in overtime. After the game, Clark was involved in an altercation with Minnesota forward Sean Pollock outside the Rock dressing room.[3] Clark was later charged with assault by Toronto Police.[3] On January 17, the NLL announced that Clark was suspended indefinitely.[4] The charges against Clark were eventually dropped,[5] and the suspension was lifted on February 13.[6]

The Rock won their 2009 season opener against the New York Titans, but after they lost their next two games, scoring a total of only 15 goals, Clark was fired on January 20, 2009 along with assistant coach Terry Bullen. Assistant coach Jim Veltman was retained by the Rock in an advisory position.[7] Clark was replaced with Jamie Batley.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[8]

Glenn Clark Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP
1998 Ontario Raiders 3 0 1 1 10 8 0.33 3.33 2.67
1999 Toronto Rock 5 0 1 1 27 10 0.20 5.40 2.00 2 2 1 3 18 0 1.50 9.00 0.00
2000 Toronto Rock 12 7 10 17 94 24 1.42 7.83 2.00
2001 Toronto Rock 7 5 2 7 67 16 1.00 9.57 2.29 2 0 2 2 17 2 1.00 8.50 1.00
2002 Toronto Rock 16 10 7 17 98 19 1.06 6.13 1.19 2 1 5 6 21 6 3.00 10.50 3.00
2003 Toronto Rock 12 3 6 9 79 36 0.75 6.58 3.00 2 1 0 1 11 2 0.50 5.50 1.00
2004 Toronto Rock 13 3 2 5 60 31 0.38 4.62 2.38 1 0 0 0 4 7 0.00 4.00 7.00
2005 Toronto Rock 8 3 2 5 43 18 0.63 5.38 2.25
2006 Philadelphia Wings 16 2 10 12 79 31 0.75 4.94 1.94
92 33 41 74 557 193 0.80 6.05 2.10 9 4 8 12 71 17 1.33 7.89 1.89
Career Total: 101 37 49 86 628 210 0.85 6.22 2.08

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per game; LB/GP–Loose balls per game; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per game


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Canada Lacrosse: The Team". Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Professor Becomes The Coach". torontorock.com. May 11, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Allan (January 14, 2008). "Rock coach charged after dustup with player". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  4. ^ "League Suspends Clark Indefinitely". NLL.com. January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Charges against Rock coach dropped". Toronto Star. February 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  6. ^ "League Lifts Clark Suspension". NLL.com. February 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Toronto Rock hire new coaching staff". TorontoRock.com. January 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Wings - 2006 Regular Season - Roster - #11 - Glenn Clark - D". NLL.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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