Mike Clark is in his third season as Trinity’s director of football strength and performance. He also coaches the Tigers defensive line.
Coach Clark brought a wealth of National Football League and collegiate football strength and conditioning experience to the Trinity campus. Prior to joining the Tigers staff, he served as the head strength and conditioning coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, from 2014-2016. Coach Clark was the Chicago Bears strength and conditioning coordinator (2013-14), and the head strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (2010-2013), and the Seattle Seahawks (2004-2010).
At the collegiate level, Coach Clark was the assistant athletic director of athletic performance at Texas A&M University, from 2000-2004. He previously was the head strength and conditioning coordinator for the Aggies from 1990-2000.
Prior to joining the Texas A&M staff, Coach Clark was the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Southern California (1988-1990), the University of Oregon (1983-1988), University of Kansas (1982-1983), and the University of Wyoming (1981-1982).
The versatile Coach Clark was the assistant football coach, and head swimming coach, at Topeka High School in Topeka, Kansas, from 1979-1981.
Research and planning have been a major part of Coach Clark’s career. He taught training techniques and strategies for sustained high-performance of elite soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 275th 2nd Ranger Division in 2011. Coach Clark was the co-founder and board member of the Texas A&M Institute of Sports Medicine and Human Performance.
He participated in a heart-rate variance study, as it pertains to fatigue and recovery, while at Oregon. Coach Clark was part of a study at Wyoming, which dealt with the buildup of lactic acid involving NCAA Division I football players.
Coach Clark’s professional honors include being named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year in 2001, 2006, and 2010. He also was the 1998 Big 12 Conference Strength Coach of the Year. Coach Clark was inducted into the 2003 USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame (as a coach), and the 1996 University of Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame.
He is a Master Strength Coach Certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA, and served as the organization’s president in 2001. Coach Clark is also a USA Weightlifting Level I Certified Coach.
Coach Clark played center on the Ottawa (KS) University football team, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa in 1977.
He has been married to Kris Clark for 36 years. They have three adult children, Matthew, Joseph, and Alicia.