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Trey Clark
Trey Clark

Hometown:
Anahuac, Texas

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
15th Season

Alma Mater:
Lamar '93, '95

With 14 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 71 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 Cardinal men carried home six consecutive conference cross country titles before a runner-up finish in 2012, and the women haven't been strangers in the winner's circle either, winning three times.

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.

10/29/2013

Cross Country well-represented on Southland 50th Anniversary Honor Roll

Johnsen only current SLC athlete to earn recognition

09/21/2012

Cross Country teams head to LSU Invitational

Both squads will be in action on Saturday

09/17/2012

Gauson joins Track and Cross Country staff

Scotland native spent last six years at Butler

09/13/2012

Cross Country ready for Rice Invitational

Men and women enter ranked among the region's best

08/31/2012

Lamar cross country teams look strong in season opener

Team of Alex DeLaGarza and Matt Johnsen wins the men's race

11/02/2013

Lady Cards & Cards take SLC Championship

Lake Charles, LA (COURTESY: SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE)

09/12/2013

Darren Gauson talks about upcoming race

Beaumont, TX

10/26/2012

Men place 2nd; Women place 3rd

10/24/2012

SLC Championship to be held @ Terrell Park (Beaumont, TX)

The Lamar Men's & Women's Cross Country teams are in preparation for the SLC CHampionships @ Terrell Park in Beaumont, TX. The even will be held on Friday @ 9AM (CST) (Beaumont, TX)

10/09/2012

X-COUNTRY: Coach Trey Clark updates the X-Country program

Head Cross Country Coach Trey Clark, updates the cross country season so far. (Beaumont, TX)

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