With seven years under his belt, Trey Clark has an impressive resume as the head coach of the Lamar Track and Field Program. In six seasons at the helm, he has coached 25 NCAA qualifiers, 22 Southland Conference champions and 28 new school record holders.
In the fall of 2006, Clark added another accomplishment to his ever-growing list, as the women's cross country team tied a Southland Conference record with their third straight championship. The Cardinal men also brought home a championship in 2006, giving Lamar four titles in the last three years.
Clark has mentored three Academic All Americans during his tenure and added the programs first NCAA All American in the fall of 2006 when Francis Kasagule placed 29th at the NCAA Championship meet in Terre Haute, Ind.
As if that weren't enough, Clark coached Yamelis Ortiz to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Ortiz, who completed her brilliant career at Lamar in 2000 by winning her fourth straight conference crown in the 400 meter hurdles, was a member of Puerto Rico's 4X400 meter relay team.
Clark, who has USATF level two coaching certification in sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays, and is a level one instructor, was named head track and field coach August 11, 1999, replacing Barry Collins who had spent eight years in the position. After four years as an athlete at Lamar and five more as an assistant coach, Clark had definitely earned the job.
Clark's coaching resume is certainly distinguished. During his five years as an assistant, he coached 33 conference champions and 114 all-conference performers.
In addition to the all-conference performers that Clark coached as an assistant, he helped Lamar athletes set 21 school records. He also coached former standout Mark LeDoux to the United States Track and Field Nationals twice, and coached four other USATF Junior National qualifiers.
During his tenure as an assistant, Clark coached two of the stronger parts of the LU track program, relays and hurdles. Clark led the 4X100 meter relay team to the 1999 Southland Conference championships, and guided LeDoux to three straight conference titles in the 400 meter hurdles and a 12th place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships.
The four-year letter winner in track at Lamar became a full-time assistant in 1995 after spending the previous season as a part-time coach. An all-conference performer for Lamar during his racing days, Clark looks to return Lamar to its heyday of track and field when the Cardinals almost annually won the conference championship.
A 1988 graduate of Anahuac High School, Clark earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Lamar in 1993 and followed that up with his master's degree in kinesiology in 1995.
Clark was among the eight finalists in 1993 for the "Outstanding Senior Male Student" awarded by Lamar, and won the Sun Belt Conference Medallion for that year. Clark was also named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List and Athletic Director's List during his career.
Clark is married to the former Laura Hughes and the couple has a son, Quade.