|Alma Mater:||Ole Miss '07|
Charles Clark is in his third year at the University of Colorado, his first coaching the cornerbacks, as he joined Coach Mike MacIntyre’s staff on January 1, 2013. He coached the safeties in his first two seasons, and now also coaches the nickel backs with Joe Tumpkin.
In his two years at Colorado, he’s coached mostly underclassmen but has led through the Pac-12 waters; freshman and sophomores combined to play 2,110 snaps out of a possible 3,538 at the two safety positions.
Clark, 31, came to CU from San Jose State, where he coached the defensive backs under MacIntyre for three seasons there after following him to San Jose from Duke. Two of his top players for the Spartans included three-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer, Duke Ihenacho, who signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos and made their roster, and Peyton Thompson, who was a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2012, San Jose State led the WAC in interceptions (15) and turnovers gained (31), while ranking 28th nationally in total defense.
MacIntyre offered him his first full-time assistant position after the two worked together at Duke, where he worked two seasons. In 2008, he joined the Duke staff under head coach David Cutcliffe as a quality control intern for the defense and had scouting, film breakdown and recruiting responsibilities in addition to assisting the special teams coordinator and defensive assistant coaches. In 2009, he was promoted to a graduate assistant position assigned to the defensive unit, with game day duties including relaying signals to the Blue Devils' players on the field.
Clark lettered four years as a safety at Mississippi, playing for Cutcliffe as a freshman and sophomore (2003-04) and then for Ed Orgeron as an upperclassman. He played in 47 career games and started every game his sophomore through senior seasons (34 in all). As a sophomore, he led the team in tackles with 76 (57 solo), even getting the better of his roommate, future Butkus Award winner and San Francisco 49er, Patrick Willis (he had 70).
He recorded 198 career tackles (127 solo) with three interceptions, 12 passes broken up and five fumble recoveries. As a freshman, he played in the Cotton Bowl when Ole Miss defeated No. 21 Oklahoma State, 31-28, to finish 10-3 on the season. As a senior, he was appointed a team captain. He was on the Southeastern Conference Honor Roll, was a member of Ole Miss’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and participated in the 2005 NCAA Leadership Conference.
He graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in Business (Banking & Finance); he also took master’s degree classes in humanities when he was at Duke. After graduation, he worked briefly in private business prior to entering the coaching ranks.
He was born July 28, 1984 in Eustis, Fla., and graduated from Clay High School (Green Cove Springs, Fla.), where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. He is the father of two, daughter CadeMorgan (8) and son Charles IV (3).
RECORD—He has coached in 62 Division I-A (FBS) games as a full-time coach, including one bowl game (2012 Military).
|2009||Duke||Defensive Graduate Assistant|
|2010-12||San Jose State||Defensive Backs|