BOONE — Shawn Clark, an all-American offensive lineman at Appalachian State, has decided that now is the time to return to his alma mater and continue his coaching career.
Clark, who has spent the last three seasons at Kent State, will take over as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at App State, head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Thursday.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be coming home,” Clark said. “I want to thank Coach Satterfield and App Nation for this opportunity. My family and I are looking forward to this new adventure and to being a part of the tradition that is App State football.”
Clark was a four-year starter at guard on the App State o-line from 1994-98 and was a two-time all-American in 1996 and 1998 and a three-time all-Southern Conference performer in 1995, 1996 and 1998. Clark missed the 1997 season with an injury, but came back in a big way in 1998 and was a first-team Walter Camp All-American.
After his playing days came to a close, Clark attended the University of Louisville to obtain a master’s degree in education while at the same time being a graduate assistant on the football team in the 2001-02 seasons.
Clark’s next stop was at Eastern Kentucky where he was the offensive line coach from 2003-08. After that, Clark took the next step to the Football Bowl Subdivision level where he took over the offensive line coaching duties at Purdue from 2009-12.
Most recently, Clark was the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Kent State before being promoted to assistant head coach last season.
“It’s great to welcome Coach Clark home,” Satterfield said. “His experience as a very successful Division I coach and his familiarity with our university, community and football program make him the perfect person for the position. He will fit right in with our student-athletes and staff. We won’t miss a beat with Coach Clark coordinating our running game and coaching our offensive linemen.”
Clark took the position vacated by Dwayne Ledford after Ledford accepted the offensive line coach and running game coordinator position at N.C. State.
Overall, Clark has 15 years of coaching experience under his belt and will look to continue the Mountaineers’ success at running the ball and protecting the quarterback. App State was fourth in the country in fewest sacks allowed this past season while the team ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game.
Clark and his wife Jonelle have two children, a daughter, Giana, and a son, Braxton.
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