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Bernard Clark to Lead Colonials

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The third head coach in the history of Robert Morris University football will be Bernard "Tiger" Clark, a former linebacker who won two NCAA national championships with the Miami Hurricanes including a performance in the 1987 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State that earned him MVP. Clark is the former associate head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Albany, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

"We are very excited to begin the next chapter of RMU football with Coach Clark leading the way. He has proven to be an excellent coach over the years, and more importantly, an exceptional molder of young men. Our current and future student-athletes will benefit greatly from his leadership," said Craig Coleman, RMU director of athletics.

"I’m very excited, and just a little bit nervous, about this opportunity to be a head coach for the first time,” said Clark. “But mostly I’m excited. I look forward to working with the young men at Robert Morris and helping them grow in more ways than just as football players."

Clark, a former linebacker for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, spent four seasons with the Albany Great Danes. After serving as assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2014, Clark was elevated to the position of associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach in 2015. His defense ranked ninth in the FCS this season, holding opponents to 282.1 yards per game. That number was bolstered by the country’s 15th-best rushing defense (107.0) and 20th-best passing defense (175.1). The Great Danes allowed just 17.7 points per game, a number that placed them 17th on a national level. Led by Clark, the Albany defense finished in the top 20 of eight different national stats categories in 2017, while three players earned All-CAA honors for the Danes defense.

Clark played three seasons in the NFL and two in the Arena Football League before entering the coaching world in 1998. He began his collegiate coaching career at James Madison University training defensive ends. He has also coached at Liberty University, Florida International University, the University of South Florida, Hampton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Colorado State University.

“He’s a talented coach and definitely ready to be a head coach," said Albany head coach Greg Gattuso. "I’m excited for him that he’s getting this opportunity. He’s going to do a great job at Robert Morris.”