Clark Added To Redbird Football Coaching Staff
Dan Clark
Dan Clark

Feb. 13, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack completed his coaching staff Wednesday with the hiring of Dan Clark as assistant offensive line coach. Clark comes to Illinois State after serving as the tight ends coach at Northern Iowa for the past three seasons.

"I don't think it's any secret that I respect Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and he spoke highly of Dan and his work on the Iowa staff," Spack said. "I've been impressed with his dedication to the profession of coaching and his love for the game of football. UNI has a great football program and the players are always well coached, so we thought Dan would be a great fit for our program. He will help George with the offensive line and bring a high level of experience to our offensive staff. He's a Midwest guy with Midwest values, and we are very excited to have him as part of our staff."

Clark fills the spot vacated by Sheldon Cross, who left to take an assistant coach position at Idaho State. Current assistant coach Greg McLain will take the role of tight ends/H-backs coach and Clark will assist offensive coordinator George Barnett with the Redbird offensive line.

 

 

"I'm really excited to join the Illinois State football program and this is a great staff led by coach Spack," Clark said. "What I've learned about him, the staff and culture around this program is that it is run first-class and I am looking forward to helping out in any way I can. This is a great opportunity for me professionally and I look forward to the challenges and embracing the tradition of Redbird Football."

In 2010, Clark oversaw the play of Schuylar Oordt, who earned honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors after nabbing 24 receptions and three touchdowns. Following the 2010 season, Oordt took part in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. In Clark's first year at UNI, two of his graduating tight ends signed free agent contracts in the NFL. Oordt inked a deal with the St. Louis Rams, while Ryan Mahaffey signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Prior to his stint at UNI, Clark served as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa (2007-09). Clark assisted with the offense and helped the Hawkeyes to three-consecutive bowl berths, including a 24-14 victory over Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl. Clark joined the Iowa staff after serving as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Iowa Central Community College for seven seasons (2000-06). During that time Clark helped Iowa Central compile a 56-20 overall record while advancing to a junior college bowl game in six of the seven seasons.

A native of Sioux Falls, S.D., Clark also served as an assistant coach at Simpson College for five seasons (1996-2000), after spending time on staff as a student assistant coach in 1995. Clark helped lead Simpson to Iowa Conference titles in 1996 and 1997 with a combined record of 22-2 in those seasons, as the team advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1997.

Clark earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Simpson College in 1995 and is pursuing a master's degree in Sports Management. He was a four-year member of the Simpson College football team as an undergraduate (1991-94) and was the starting quarterback in his final three seasons. He also played baseball at Simpson for four seasons.

Clark is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the Iowa High School Football Association. His brother Derrik played football at Iowa State and his brother Dallas was an All-American tight end at Iowa, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He and his wife, Kristin, have three children, Drew, Paetyn and Jace.

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