Gamecocks hire new basketball assistant coach

By: Staff
By: Staff

Thursday June 6, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. - University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin has announced the hiring of Perry Clark as an assistant coach. Clark is a former head coach at Tulane, Miami (Fla.) and most recently at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Clark fills the open spot on Martin's staff after former associate head coach Brad Underwood was named the head coach at Stephen F. Austin in late April.

"We are extremely excited about adding Coach Clark to our staff with the experience and the unbelievable story of success that continues to follow him," Martin said. "He is someone who understands the land of recruiting as well as anyone in the country. His experience with preparing teams that have been ranked in the top 10 in the country and to play in the ACC and the Metro Conference is something that will serve our players and coaches in tremendous ways."

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.

"I'm very excited to be at South Carolina," Clark said. "I've known Frank Martin for a long time and I know the hard work and integrity that he brings to a program. For me to be able to come in and add to that, and be a part of that, is something that was very appealing to me."

In 11 seasons at Tulane, Clark compiled a 185-145 (.561) record, had six 20-win seasons, seven 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.


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