Perry Clark

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Perry Clark
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
TeamSouth Carolina
ConferenceSEC
Biographical details
Born (1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 67)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
1971–1974Gettysburg
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1978DeMatha Catholic HS (assistant)
1978–1982Penn State (assistant)
1982–1988Georgia Tech (assistant)
1989–2000Tulane
2000–2004Miami (Florida)
2007–2011Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
2013–presentSouth Carolina (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall304–270
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Metro regular season (1992)
Awards
Henry Iba Award (1992)
2× Metro Coach of the Year (1991, 1992)

Perry Clark (born December 4, 1951) is an American college basketball coach and the former head men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He previously served as head coach of Tulane University, University of Miami and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.[1] Since June 2013, Clark has been an assistant coach on the University of South Carolina basketball team. Clark has over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 15 years combined as head coach at both Tulane University and the University of Miami (Fla.). As a head coach, Clark owned a 304-270 (.529) record, including seven 20-win seasons and nine postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 4 NIT) and won the Metro Conference championship in 1992. The 1992 National Coach of the Year, he was a two-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1991, 1992). He took over the program at Miami in 2000 and spent four seasons with the Hurricanes, where he led them to a 65-54 (.546) record. In his first three seasons with the program, he accumulated 51 wins, the most ever by a Hurricane coach, and became the only Miami coach to take the Hurricanes to the postseason in each of his first two seasons. Clark's 2001-02 Hurricane squad finished 24-8 and received the school's fourth NCAA Tournament berth and set a school record for wins in a season. Included in the 24 wins were a school-record 14 consecutive victories to open the season. His Hurricanes were not ranked in the preseason, but were ranked for the final 13 weeks of the campaign, ending the year No. 21 according to the Associated Press. In four seasons at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Clark led the Islanders to a 54-71 (.432) overall record. His 2008-09 squad doubled its win total from the previous season and Kevin Palmer earned Southland Newcomer of the Year honors after posting 18.2 points per game in leading a team in which no player had more than a season of NCAA Division I experience. Success has followed Clark's players, particularly in the early stages of their careers. In his stints at Georgia Tech and Tulane, Clark went a phenomenal eight for nine, from 1983 to 1992, in helping produce the conference's top rookie, including a Metro record three in a row at Tulane. As the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech, five players earned honors as the top freshman - Mark Price (1983), Bruce Dalrymple (1984), Duane Ferrell (1985), Tom Hammonds (1986) and Dennis Scott (1988). At Tulane, Anthony Reed (1990), Kim Lewis (1991) and Pointer Williams (1992) claimed consecutive Metro Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Clark has coached 19 players who were drafted or have gone on to play in the NBA. Thirteen of those draftees have gone in the first or second rounds, including 2002 selection John Salmons, who was taken with the 26th pick of the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, and James Jones, who was a second-round selection by the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A&M-Corpus Christi fires Clark after 10-21 season". Associated Press. foxnews.com. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.