June 13, 2005
Clemson women’s track and field head coach Marcia Noad has named Larry Clark an assistant coach for the Lady Tiger squad. Clark, a former Tiger standout, will work with the cross country, middle distance and distance groups.
“I am very excited about Clemson track and field and cross country alumni Larry Clark joining the Lady Tiger Track and Field staff,” said Noad. “He brings many assets back to Clemson. His passion, dedication, discipline, determination and love for Clemson will definitely make a difference in our program. I am looking forward to Larry’s knowledge and excitement bringing the middle distance, distance and cross country student-athletes up to a level where we can consistently be a force to be reckoned with in the ACC and the region.”
“The idea of coming back to Clemson is a dream come true,” said Clark. “It’s like putting Mickey Mouse loose in Disney World! My love for Clemson ranks up there after God, my wife and family. My goal is to make us a force to be reckoned with within the ACC and NCAA. I look forward to working with a great coaching staff here at Clemson. Go Lady Tigers!”
Clark comes to Clemson after serving as the head track coach and a social studies teacher at Easley High School since 2001. Prior to his position at Easley, Clark was the head boys and girls cross country coach and the assistant head track coach at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC, from 1996-2001. While at Northwestern in 2000, he led the girls team to the runner-up finish in the South Carolina State Championships. Clark also coached the state record holder in the 800m, Jessica Watson, as well Angelina Blackmon, another state champion and record holder. Three runners also earned Golden South honors while Clark was at Northwestern and T.L. Hanna High Schools.
From 1992-1994, he served as the ISS Director and the head cross country and track coach at TL Hanna High School, earning the 1992 and 1993 State AAA Boys’ Coach of the Year honors after leading the boys’ teams to the state titles. Whle at TL Hanna, he also coached the then-top boys hurdler in the world, Cladriquis Lesley. Clark began his coaching career as the head cross country coach at Wren High School from 1990-1992, where the 1990 state AAA boys cross country team earned runner-up honors.
A member of the ACC 50th Anniversary Cross Country team announced in 2002, Clark was a three-time All-ACC honoree (1987, 1988, 1989) and earned All-Southeast Region accolades in 1989. The Tigers claimed two ACC Championships during his tenure, including team titles in 1987 and 1988. He also earned All-ACC recognition in indoor and outdoor track in 1989 and 1990. Clark was the ACC Champion in the 5000m indoor and 10,000m outdoor in 1990, while claiming runner-up honors in the 10,000m in 1989 and 5000m outdoor in 1990. He was a member of five ACC Championships teams between 1987 and 1990, and was a member of the All-ACC Academic team in 1988, 1989 and 1990. After graduating with a degree in PRTM in 1990, Clark went on to receive a Masters in Counseling from Clemson in 1995 and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Education in History from Winthrop University in 2000.
Clark is married to Brandi Eller Clark, and the couple has two children, daughter Matte Jameson (4) and son Grady Hunt (22 months).
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