Bill Clark (American football)

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Bill Clark
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1968-06-28) June 28, 1968 (age 48)
Anniston, Alabama
Alma mater Jacksonville State University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1991 Piedmont HS (AL) (assistant)
1992–1994 Tuscaloosa County HS (AL) (DC)
1995–1996 Coffee HS (GA) (DC)
1997–1998 Dothan HS (AL) (DC)
1999–2007 Prattville HS (AL)
2008–2012 South Alabama (DC)
2013 Jacksonville State
2014–present UAB
Head coaching record
Overall 17–10 (college)
106–11 (high school)
Tournaments 2–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)

Bill Bradford Clark (born June 28, 1968) is an American football coach for the UAB Blazers. After he served as an assistant coach at several high schools, Clark got his first head coaching job at Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama.[1] During his tenure at Prattville, Clark compiled an overall record of 106 wins to only 11 losses (106–11) and won back-to-back Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state championships for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.[2] In 2008, Clark was hired to serve as the first defensive coordinator at South Alabama. He stayed in that role through the 2012 season when he was hired as head coach at Jacksonville State.[3] During his only season as head coach at Jacksonville State, Clark led the Gamecocks to their first playoff victories, 49 school records, 13 OVC records and three NCAA records.[4] In January 2014, Clark was hired to serve as the fifth head coach at UAB following the resignation of Garrick McGee.[4][5]

On December 2, 2014, UAB president Ray L. Watts announced that, after commissioning an in-depth inspection of UAB's athletic budget and revenue and how the elimination of football from the athletic program would affect those, UAB had decided to close down the football program in order to save money. On June 1, 2015 news reported that the UAB Blazers football program would be reinstated[6] In September 2015, Clark and UAB agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2013)
2013 Jacksonville State 11–4 5–3 T–3rd L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal
Jacksonville State: 11–4 5–3
UAB Blazers (Conference USA) (2014–present)
2014 UAB 6–6 4–4 T–3rd (East)
UAB: 6–6 4–4
Total: 17–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hicks, Tommy (December 18, 2012). "Bill Clark excited about opportunity at Jacksonville State". AL.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alabama High School Football Head Coaches: Bill Clark". Alabama High School Football Historical Society. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville State hires Bill Clark". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 18, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Champlin, Drew (December 18, 2012). "Bill Clark leaving Jacksonville State to be UAB's head football coach". AL.com. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "UAB to hire Bill Clark". ESPN.com. ESPN.com news services. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ McGuire, Kevin (November 30, 2014). "Report: UAB shutting down football program". NBCsports.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014.  See also Gray, Jeremy (December 2, 2014). "It's official: UAB kills football program". AL.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 

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