Coach Don Clark Career Victory #100
When the Washingtonville Wizards defeated the Kingston Tigers 31-19 earlier this month, it was a special moment. It was head Coach Don Clark’s 100th career high school victory. Coach Clark compiled an impressive resume over the years coaching both at the high school level as well as the Division 1 collegiate level. From 1995 to 2002 he was the head coach at his alma mater Newfield HS compiling a record of 59-17. In 2001 he won their first sectional title in school history. In 2003 he coached the Wizards to its first winning season in 22 years. He returned to the college ranks for a few years and came back home to the “Ville” compiling the record of 41-40 from 2009 to present.
If you think the highlight of Coach Clark’s career is the excitement of Friday Night Lights, you would be wrong. He loves teaching at practices. He states, “There is nothing better than seeing one of my guys figure it out.” He also enjoys the things people don’t see like time in the weight room, team community building and volunteering. A testament to the relationship he has with his players is how often he talks to them giving advice or just making them laugh after a stressful game/practice.
Coach Clark’s Wizards have a reputation in Section 9 as being well disciplined, physical, and respectful. Three impressive traits which are a direct reflection of his coaching skills. Clark has had hundreds of his student athletes play in college, as well as numerous All-State and All-Americans. His commitment to them doesn’t stop when they graduate – he makes a point of getting to college games every season to show his support of Wizard alumni. He recently watched some Wizards in Cortland NY and later this month he will be heading to Boston.
Coaching is a 12 month commitment. He credits all of his assistant coaches, as well as his wife Denise and family, for his success.
Captions: Players give Coach Clark a christening for his 100th win.