JSU announces Bill Clark as football coach
by Al Muskewitz
JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State has picked a native son to be its next head football coach.

The university announced today that South Alabama defensive coordinator Bill Clark will be introduced as the new coach at a 4 p.m. news conference Wednesday.

He succeeds Jack Crowe, who was fired Nov. 30 after the second-longest coaching tenure in school history.

Clark, 44, is an Anniston native, was an all-state player at Piedmont High School and graduated from Jacksonville State. He did not play college football, as a back injury ended his playing career in high school.

But as the son of a coach, he told The Star this morning, he’d long planned to follow in his father’s footsteps, and the early end to his playing career simply accelerated the process.

Prior to helping start South Alabama’s football program, Clark was a 100-game winner with two state championships at Prattville High School.

No contract details were immediately available. There also was no immediate word on his plans for Clark’s staff.
© 2012