July 11, 2007

Amato Names John Clark Assistant Wrestling Coach

July 11, 2007

Providence, RI - Brown University Head Wrestling Coach Dave Amato has announced the hiring of John Clark as an assistant wrestling coach. Clark, a two-time All-American and 2004 graduate of Ohio State, has spent one season each coaching at Stanford and Lehigh. He will serve as the recruiting coordinator and work with wrestlers from 157 pounds and up at Brown.

"I'm very excited about having John on board," said Amato. "His background and his family tradition are going to bring a lot of athletes to Brown University. He's an extremely hard worker, motivated, articulate ... he'll do a great job in all aspects of the program."

In his most recent position, Clark was the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Athletic Club in addition to his duties as an assistant at Lehigh. He worked primarily with the Mountain Hawks' middleweights. It was his second season as an assistant coach, after one year at Stanford.

In four seasons at Ohio State, Clark was a four-time NCAA qualifier. He was a two-time All-American at 165 pounds, finishing sixth in his junior year and fifth as a senior. He was the runner-up at 165 at the Big Ten Championship in 2002 and 2004. He is ranked fourth all-time at Ohio State in wins with 134, and is ranked third in takedowns (486) and team points (432.0). He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Sociology, spending a year in sales before joining the Stanford staff.

Clark will fill one of two vacant assistant coach positions at Brown. Former assistant coaches Mike Burch and Shawn Charles both left the program after the 2006-07 season. Burch is pursuing a doctorate degree, while Charles left to take a position at Missouri, which finished third at the NCAA Championship this past season.