Bernard Clark Named Defensive Line Coach

(March 2, 2006) Bernard Clark, the defensive coordinator at Florida International for the past two years and a former standout linebacker at the University of Miami and with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been named defensive line coach for the University of South Florida, head coach Jim Leavitt announced today. Clark replaces Earl Lane, who is now at LSU.

"We are extremely happy to bring in Bernard Clark," says Leavitt. "He's a Tampa guy and he has outstanding contacts throughout Florida from his days as a player and the past two years as a coach in the state. He was on two national championship teams, so he knows what it's like to be part of a winning program."

Clark prepped at Tampa's Leto High School before heading to Miami, where he was on the 1987 and 1989 National Championship teams. He won the MVP in the 1988 Orange Bowl and he went on to graduate from Miami in 1989. That same year, he was drafted in the third round by Cincinnati and played two seasons for the Bengals. He was also in camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 before playing in the Arena League with Orlando in 1994 and 1996.

Clark began coaching as a volunteer at Tampa's King High School in 1996 before becoming defensive coordinator at Lakeland Santa Fe in 1997. He moved into the college coaching ranks in 1998 at James Madison, where he coached defensive ends in 1998 and 1999. Clark then moved to Liberty, where he was linebacker and special teams coach from 2000 until joining FIU in 2004.

During his combined six years at James Madison and Liberty, Clark was actually on the opposing sideline against the Bulls three times. His James Madison team defeated the Bulls in 1999, but South Florida took both games against Liberty in 2000 and 2001.

Clark, 39, is married to wife, Tammy.

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