New head football coach Bill Clark emphasized the importance of family a week ago Monday when he spoke at the Student Senate meeting.
Coach Bill Clark has been spending time with several groups around campus since he was announced as the new head coach for the Gamecocks. Coach Clark has visited with several of the fraternities and sororities around campus. Last Monday night he was the guest speaker at the senate meeting. He spoke highly of the leaders in the SGA and discussed the importance of leadership.
Along with leadership, one of the biggest topics of importance for Coach Clark was his concept of family. He talked of wanting the student body to feel more involved with the entire football program. One of the specifics he discussed was the Spring Football game, which is coming up in April.
He said that they wanted to make the game “a big deal”. He talked of discussions for giveaways and even a band to play before the game begins. Coach Clark’s main concern is getting the students involved in any way possible.
“Everything we do we want to represent ya’ll.” Coach Clark said.
Instead of simply coming up with topics to discuss on his own he opened the floor for questions. He was asked about the ways that he planned on communicating with the student body. Coach Clark immediately said that he was “open to ideas” and that “communication was huge”.
He was then asked about school spirit and again he discussed the importance of the students to the atmosphere in a football game. Coach Clark discussed the games that JSU played last season and the fact that even the smallest schools bring the loudest fans. He wants the average student to feel like they are a part of the team.
Coach Clark talked of schools that were rich with tradition. He spoke of wanting “traditions” to begin at JSU whether it be a “chant or a towel”.
A student asked what kind of legacy Coach Clark would like to leave at JSU after the discussion of legacies and traditions. He said again that he would like people to know that he is “part of a family” at JSU.
Coach Clark said that he is trying to instill family values in his players.
He said that he wants the players to know that they are “not above or better than anyone else” and that he wants things in his program to be done “the right way”.
He also said that if students “will turn out” for the games then his players and his staff will “feed off of it”.
“Coming home was important to me.” He said of his return to his alma mater.
Jacksonville State is Coach Bill Clark’s first college head coaching position. He was head coach at Prattville High School leading the team to two consecutive 6A state titles. He then went to South Alabama as defensive coordinator.
He graduated in 1990 from Jacksonville State University with a degree in physical education.