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Feb. 5, 2004

CUA Names Tom Clark as New Football Coach

Students and Officials Welcome Back Coach with Highest Winning Percentage in CUA History


Tom Clark, speaking with media at the ceremony announcing his return to CUA on Feb. 5, 2004.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University ripped a page from the Redskins' playbook today, when students, faculty, deans and university officials welcomed back Tom Clark to the position of head football coach for the Cardinals at an announcement ceremony and reception at CUA's Raymond A. DuFour Center (3606 John McCormack Rd. N.E.).


The event was broadcast live via the Web at: http://athletics.cua.edu/news/.  The Washington Post, WUSA-TV (CBS – channel 9) and WJLA-TV (ABC – channel 7) covered the event.


"There is only one thing that makes me happier than Joe Gibbs' return to the Washington Redskins and that is Tom Clark's return to CUA," said the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., CUA president, who attended the event along with CUA football players and others. "He always impressed me as a 'first class coach' whose commitment to the football program at Catholic University is part of a larger commitment to everything that CUA represents." 


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president, welcomes Coach Clark back to CUA.

Clark established and maintained a winning tradition during the seven seasons he coached the Division III team - from 1994 to 2000. He has the highest winning percentage (.796, 56-14-1) in CUA history and is only three games shy of tying the football program record for most victories. During his tenure, he brought the team to national playoff contention on three occasions.  He racked up the nation's third-highest winning percentage among Division III coaches serving at least five years before taking a position as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the College of William and Mary in 2000.


Clark said he's happy to return to CUA, and thanked Father O'Connell for inviting him to return.



Clark's Cardinals were 29-4 from 1997 to 1999 and advanced to three consecutive NCAA Division III Tournaments. He led the 1999 club to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship - the first league title in school history. The ODAC honored Clark as its Coach of the Year.


Coach Clark addressed an audience of students, university officials, staff and faculty at his welcoming ceremony.

After the Cardinals posted a 6-4 record in his final season (2000), Clark went to William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. There he helped the Tribe (8-4) advance to the Division 1-AA playoffs and shared the Atlantic 10 Conference championship his first year. William and Mary was 6-5 in 2002, and closed with four straight wins to finish 5-5 last season. Clark coached cornerback Billy Parker, a 2003 first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection.


When Clark came to CUA in 1994, he inherited a program that had won just one game the previous year. His first team flourished with an 8-2 season to tie the NCAA record for best turnaround. His 1997 and 1998 squads posted 10-0 regular seasons. In 1999, the Cardinals won all six of their conference games and finished 9-2 overall.


Clark coached 10 players at CUA who were named either first- or second-team All-American. In 2000, the Cardinals had a league-high seven first-team All-ODAC selections. Each year from 1998 to 2000, a Cardinal senior was invited to play in the Aztec Bowl All-Star game in Mexico.





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