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University of South Carolina hires former DeMatha coach

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Published on: Friday, June 14, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

DeMatha graduate and former coach Perry Clark landed a new coaching gig.

University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced the hiring of 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 replaces former associate head coach Brad Underwood, who was named head coach at Stephen F. Austin in late April.

“I’m very excited to be at South Carolina,” said Clark. “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.”

Clark has coached on the collegiate level for more than 30 years, including a combined 15 years as head coach at Tulane and Miami. As a head coach, Clark compiled a 304-270 record including seven 20-win seasons and nine postseason appearances.

The Washington, D.C., native began his coaching career at DeMatha in 1975 under the legendary Morgan Wootten. He spent three years at the Hyattsville private school before accepting a coaching position at Penn State. He spent six years at Georgia Tech before landing his first head coaching assignment at Tulane in 1989 where Clark was a two-time conference coach of the year and the 1992 national coach of the year.

Over the years, Clark has coached 17 players who were drafted or have gone on to play in the NBA including Georgia Tech products Duane Ferrell, Tom Hammonds, Mark Price, John Salley and Dennis Scott.

“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.”

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