Coach Clark is extremely knowledgeable in the training aspect but also the relationship aspect of coaching. He understands that each athlete he works with is unique and he takes the time to get to know his athletes as best he can in order to tailor their training to properly fit their needs. This will manifest itself in how he coaches, what he says, and how he pushes you to realize you can achieve more than you thought. He understands the technical necessities of high jump as well as how to train a high jumper how to solidify good habits. One of the most advantageous parts of his coaching is that as he coaches, he also makes his athletes more knowledgeable about their own events so they can further understand his methods and begin to improve themselves. He teaches his athletes why he’s training you the way he is, and how you will improve as a result. I have flourished as an athlete and as a person under Coach Clark. He is genuine in his knowledge and intentional in his coaching. As a freshman in high school, I could high jump 4’8 and couldn’t qualify for the state championships, but by the time I was a senior, I could clear 5’4 and placed second in the state. He guided me towards the motivation, discipline, and grit necessary to achieve my goals and he made me want to do well. He understands that the most important thing a coach can do for an athlete is to be a teacher and a guide towards positive habits and mindsets.
I’ve worked with Coach Clark for 4 years and almost 11 seasons during both indoor and outdoor track seasons as well as during fall conditioning seasons. During this time I learned more about speed training and weight training from him than from any other source. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in areas such as biomechanics and exercise science, but he’s really good at relating those to track and specific events. He’s a very efficient communicator, and really approachable; all his athletes know that they can ask any questions they have about something he’s teaching. The relationships he builds with his athletes are lasting ones, and they’re built on the communication and trust that is formed during the time we spend training with him. I ran under Coach Clark in high school and I’m currently running in college, but I’m still using what he’s taught me both on and off the track. He took me as a 14 year old, average quality sprinter/hurdler and brought me to a place where, four years later, I’m now one of the top hurdlers in the Pennsylvania State collegiate conference. Over those past years he’s inspired me to work hard even when I don’t feel like it, and to never stop pushing myself until I reach my goals. Without his input and encouragement in my athletic life, I would be nowhere near the type of athlete I am now.
We have had three children coached by coach Clark over the span of 5 years. All three are running in college now and doing well. He has instilled in them a terrific work ethic and drive to succeed.
Over the span of years I have known him he has shown many great qualities that you would want from someone coaching your son or daughter. He is humble, not afraid to learn new things and learn from others. He has high expectations, but is reasonable. He knows his stuff – and keeps learning. He has a great rapport with kids, and is a clear communicator.
I would highly recommend coach Clark as a personal coach.
Coach Clark was by far my favorite and best coach I have had through my entire sports career. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about distance, sprints, and field events, but he is also a tremendous leader. He's extremely committed to getting the most out of his athletes, not only within the sport but also outside of it. He also brings the same competitive attitude and mentality to practice every day. He has this energetic aura that rubs off on everyone around him. No matter what's going on in his life, he makes sure he can be a figure his athletes can rely on to stay strong and keep focused. I can genuinely say I've never developed a closer relationship with any coach than I had with coach Clark, and for that I'm extremely grateful. I'm able to take lessons I've learned from his coaching and carry them into my life outside of track.