EWU Tabs Clark As New Tennis Coach - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

EWU Tabs Clark As New Tennis Coach

Posted:

by EWU Athletics

CHENEY, Wash. – With more than 25 years of experience in collegiate tennis, Steve Clark has been tabbed as the fourth head coach in the history of Eastern Washington Men's Tennis, the athletics department announced Tuesday, July 1.

Clark comes to Cheney after head coaching stints at Chapman, Texas Tech and UC Irvine and was most recently the director of the Spokane Racquet Club.

"We're looking forward to having a coach with the expertise and success that Steve will bring to the program," said Pamela Parks, Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. "His leadership will be outstanding, and we're excited to welcome him to the Eagle family."

"I am looking forward to developing EWU Tennis and being a part of the EWU community," Clark said. "I would like to thank Bill Chaves, Pamela Parks and Don Ross for their support and their passion for EWU. My family and I moved to the Spokane area in 2006 and have enjoyed the Inland Northwest and its wonderful people immensely, and we enjoy the pace and quality of life here. I'm also looking forward to getting involved in the campus and community on behalf of EWU."

Clark got his first head coach position in 1987, taking over lead duties at Chapman University. He promptly led Chapman to a No. 4 national ranking before moving on to Texas Tech in 1992. He coached the Red Raiders to a national ranking and victory over a top-15 Texas program for the first time in 30 years.

After one season in Lubbock, Clark assumed head coaching responsibilities at UC Irvine, leading the Anteaters to national rankings in each of his 14 seasons, including a program-record No. 16 ranking. Under Clark's tutelage, UCI won two Big West Conference titles and earned bids to the NCAA Championship seven times. He coached players to individual rankings as high as No. 5 nationally, and many of his players went on to pursue professional careers on the ATP tour, ranking as high as No. 120 in singles and No. 3 in doubles.

Recently, Clark has directed numerous camps internationally and domestically and has spoken at coaching conventions and clinics.

Clark was an All-American tennis player at UC Davis, making the finals of the NCAA Championship in doubles and a No. 2 national ranking. He went on to play professionally the Sacramento Capitals World Tennis Team.

Clark. holds two bachelor's degrees from UC Davis in philosophy and economics, respectively, and has a master's degree in apologetics from Biola and a master's degree in education from Chapman. Clark recently completed his PhD in educational studies from Biola.

Clark and his wife Kelly currently live in Tualatin, Oregon, with their children Graham (11), Grace (10) and Joy (8).


  • College

    • Photo: Whitworth Athletics

      Joial Griffith named as Whitworth's new women's basketball coach

      Whitworth is coming off a 10-15 record in 2017-18.  Griffith takes over for Higgs, who won 361 games in 24 years leading the Pirates and ranked 48th in total victories among active Division III coaches at the time of her retirement.

    • Photo: Washington State Athletics

      Cougars fall 4-2 at No. 3 Stanford

      WSU (15-31-1, 7-19-1 Pac-12) outhit Stanford 10-6 but the Cardinal (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) used three straight two-out hits in the sixth inning to even the game and take a 4-2 lead.

    • Photo: Gonzaga Athletics

      Gonzaga falls 4-3 against Santa Clara on Senior Day

      Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday at the WCC Tournament at a time to be determined. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

    • Gonzaga Runs Away Early in 9-0 Win Over Santa Clara

      SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball posted nine runs in the first two innings and Alek Jacob struck out 12 on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Santa Clara on Saturday night. The win moved Gonzaga to 29-21 overall and 16-10 in the West Coast Conference, and kept them within one game of Pepperdine for the league lead. The Waves beat Portland 6-2 to hold on to the top spot. On Sunday, a Gonzaga win and Pepperdine loss would clinch the No. 1 seed...

    • WSU Athletics

      Cougars comeback falls short; WSU loses to No. 3 Stanford 9-6

      WSU Athletics STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State brought the tying run on deck after scoring six runs in the ninth inning but No. 3 Stanford held on for a 9-6 victory at Sunken Diamond Saturday afternoon.   WSU (15-30-1, 7-18-1 Pac-12) received two-hit games from Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew and Brody Barnum. Blake Clanton had a three-run triple as part of a six-run ninth inning for the Cougars who saw the game's final out made after Barnum singled to right field to drive ...
    • Gonzaga baseball clinches WCC Tournament berth with 5-3 win over Santa Clara

      Gonzaga baseball took care of business with a solid start from Daniel Bies and four home runs in a 5-3 win over Santa Clara Friday night that clinched a berth in next week’s four-team WCC Tournament. 

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/