By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Former Shaw Football Coach Deondri Clark Is Named New Coach At Fort Valley State
TUCKER, Ga.– Fort Valley State University has named Deondri Clark as the 12th head football coach in school history. Clark was introduced at an afternoon press conference by FVSU President Larry Rivers.
While at Shaw, Clark took the reigns of a football program in 2003 that had been discontinued in 1979. Under his leadership, the Bears compiled a record of 22-10, with the best season coming during the 2004 campaign.
That year, Shaw went 10-2, won the CIAA Championship and defeated Tuskegee 30-28 in the Pioneer Bowl.
“The field of candidates turned out to be an excellent one, and that fact speaks volumes about our university and its future. Their quality reflects the quality of this institution at the time when many schools struggle to draw qualified candidates for key positions”, said Rivers.
“Much credit must go to our outstanding search committee, whose members accomplished so much work in such a relatively short time. Now, we can turn to a bright future, as we welcome Coach Clark into our family. As I often say, ‘A new day truly has dawned in the Valley”.
Clark’s selection also impressed Fort Valley State’s Director of Athletics, Gwendolyn Reeves.
“I am confident that Coach Clark will take the Wildcat football program to a new level and mold our young men to compete on the field as well as in the classroom,” Reeves said.
Clark will take over the reigns of a program that has a winning tradition that has placed numerous players in the NFL. Last year, FVSU finished with a record of 7-3 (7-2 in the SIAC-3rd Place) and was only one win away from an NCAA playoff berth.
The Wildcats also finished ninth in the Sheridan Broadcasting Networks (SBN) Black College Football Poll.
Ironically, Clark and former FVSU head coach John Morgan along with six other HBCU coaches earlier this week participated in the NCAA Football Coaching Academy.
The event, which was held in Indianapolis Sunday through Tuesday, is one of the NCAA initiatives that addresses the critical shortage of minorities in head coaching positions in college football, primarily at the Division I-A level