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Tom ClarkDefensive Coordinator
College: Maryland ('86)
Start Date: Jan 2006
Tom Clark returns for his second year as a member of the Flames' football coaching staff after joining the program in January 2006. Clark serves as the team's defensive coordinator and has successfully implemented the 3-4 defensive system for the first time in the history of the program.
The Flames' defensive unit thrived under Clark's guidance, setting eight team records, including fewest points allowed (172), most shutouts (3), fewest rushing yards allowed (1,433) and fewest total touchdowns (21) in 2006.
The Flames' defense also drew national attention in 2006 as Liberty ranked 12th in scoring defense (15.64) and 36th in total defense (306.0). Liberty led all Big South Conference institutions with 14 all-conference selections, including six defensive honorees.
Clark came to Liberty after serving his second stint as head football coach at Catholic in Washington, D.C., where he had been since 2004.
Prior to his most recent stay at Catholic, Clark served as the defensive coordinator at William & Mary for three seasons (2001-03), helping the Tribe to a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference championship in 2001.
Clark first joined the staff at Catholic in 1994 and served as head football coach before leaving to go to William & Mary. While at Catholic, Clark compiled an impressive 56-14-1 overall coaching record and boasts of one of the best seven-year runs in Division III history (.792 winning percentage).
Catholic made three-consecutive appearances in the Division III playoffs (1997, 1998 and 1999), and quickly turned the program around as his 1994 squad tied the NCAA record for best turnaround.
In 1999, Catholic finished with a 9-2 overall record and claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, earning the title in its first year in the conference. Clark coached nine players who earned NCAA Division III All-American honors during his longest stay at Catholic.
Clark's other coaching stints included head coach and athletic director at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. (1988-94), graduate assistant coach for the secondary at Colorado (1987-88), assistant coach for the secondary at Catholic (1985-86) and assistant coach at St. John's College Prep in Washington, D.C. (1983-84).
Clark is a native of the Washington, D.C., area and received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 1986. Clark and his wife, Laurie, have two children: Kevin and Samantha.