March 7, 2011

Clark's Contract Not Renewed, National Search Planned

CORPUS CHRISTI -

The contract of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Head Men's Basketball Coach Perry Clark will not be renewed, Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick announced today. Clark served at the helm of the Islanders men's basketball program for four seasons.

"My thanks go to Coach Clark for his service to the university and the men's basketball program over the past four seasons," Fitzpatrick said. "During his long coaching career, his accomplishments have been considerable and the game of college basketball is better for his having been a part of it. We wish him the best in his future endeavors, wherever they may take him."

Being consistently successful in men's basketball is critically important for the well-being of the total athletic program, added Fitzpatrick. The athletic director said that this is an attainable goal, and one that the Islanders athletic program will strive aggressively to achieve. Fitzpatrick will move forward in upcoming days to search nationally for Coach Clark's successor.

The Islanders finished the 2010-11 season with a 10-21 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference action. Clark went 54-71 in his four years at the helm of the Islanders men's basketball program. He led the Islanders to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals twice in his tenure, as they finished fourth in the league in 2008-09 and third in 2009-10. The veteran coach, who was named the National Coach of the Year in 1992 while at Tulane, has a career record of 304-270 over 19 seasons.

"Intercollegiate athletics plays a vital role in a university's visibility and branding, as well as in helping build the quality of student life and alumni relationships," said University President Flavius Killebrew. "Searching for a new coach is an important task because our men's basketball program serves as an anchor sport, and we ask for the support from all on campus and in the greater community."