With 15 years at the helm of the Lamar men's and women's track teams, Trey Clark has become the face of one of the region's most-storied programs.
Clark, a former sprinter and hurdler for the Cardinals, initially stepped foot on campus in 1988, and after serving as an assistant coach from 1994-99, he was named the school's sixth head coach on August 11, 1999. In that time, he's coached 72 Southland Conference individual champions, seven All-Americans and seven Southland Athletes of the Year.
Arguably his most impressive accomplishment has been the re-establishment of Lamar as the dominant distance program in the Southland Conference.The men grabbed their seventh championship in eight years this past fall, and the women joined them on the victory stand in November, taking home their fourth overall.
Individually, five distance performers have been named to an All-American team. Francis Kasagule became the first Cardinal to earn the distinction in cross country since 1969 with a 29th place finish at the national meet in 2006, and he built on it the following year with a 24th place showing. Samuel Kosgei followed in his footsteps in 2008 with a 37th place finish, and added to it further by becoming the first-ever LU indoor track All-American in 2009.
Clark has coach two outdoor track All-Americans with both Joonas Harjamaki and Tom Wade taking home the honors in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Most recently, Matt Johnsen placed 33rd at the 2012 Cross Country Championships to join the exclusive club.
However, Clark's first appearance on the national scene came through his old event, hurdles. As both an assistant and head coach, the native of nearby Anahuac mentored conference champions Yamelis Ortiz and Mark LeDoux. Ortiz, a four-time conference champion in the 400 meter hurdles, became the first Lamar Olympian since 1984 by earning a spot on Puerto Rico's 4x400 relay team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
LeDoux was similarly successful, taking home three 400 meter hurdle conference titles and a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Clark was equally important away from Lamar, coaching LeDoux to two appearances at the USA Track and Field Nationals.
A former all-conference performer and four-year letterwinner, Clark graduated from Lamar in 1993 with a degree in kinesiology. After serving as a part-time assistant in 1994, former coach Barry Collins elevated Clark to a full-time position in 1995.
Clark also earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Lamar in 1995.
Clark is married to the former Laura Hughes, and the couple has two sons, Quade and Hayden.