Clark to lead Chiefs this season
A native of the Thorn community in the western part of the county, he is a graduate of Houston High School and received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education as well as a master’s degree in Education Leadership from the University of Mississippi.
He spent the past ten years at Nettleton as a teacher, coach and then as an administrator but wanted to get back into primarily coaching and felt Okolona was a good fit.
“I didn’t coach last year and I wanted to get back into it” Clark said. “This seemed like the right circumstance and the right spot.”
Clark said the strong history of football in the school, and in the community, was a big draw.
“Okolona has a strong football tradition,” Clark said.
Clark and wife, Mary Lynn, have two daughters and live in the Wren community east of Okolona.
“It’s not ten minutes from where I live,” Clark said. “It’s close to home and it was a good opportunity for me.”
In addition to coaching the Chieftains, Clark will teach Physical Education in the school. He has already been on the field with team members in summer workouts and has been pleased with the effort he’s seen.
“These guys have worked as hard as any guys I’ve ever coached,” Clark said. “They have really good attitudes. There’s a good group of juniors and seniors with a lot of younger kids coming through.”
The Chiefs’ division schedule is stacked this year since reclassification moved Baldwyn off the schedule, but put Calhoun City, Bruce, East Webster and Eupora on it. Clark feels confident Okolona will be one of the leading contenders in the region.
“That should be your top five, right there,” Clark said. “It’s a tough division.”
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