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Matt Clark
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Prattville, Ala.
Alma Mater: Alabama
Graduating Year: 1997
Experience: 3 Years
Phone: (910) 962-7204
Email: clarkmb@uncw.edu
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Matt Clark, who shaped Colonial Athletic Association rival Georgia State into a nationally-recognized program earlier in his career, was named UNC Wilmington's 11th men's golf coach on July 3, 2008. Clark continued his success with the Seahawk program this past season, guiding it to its fourth conference title and third consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals.

The Seahawks reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament after winning the automatic berth with a Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, UNCW's second in as many seasons.

In 2010-11, UNCW posted perhaps its best season in recent history with four tournament wins, tying the record set by the 2003 edition of the Seahawks. UNCW opened the fall season with an impressive win at the Maryland Intercollegiate and followed that with three wins in the spring season, including the Seahawk Invitational, Pinehurst Intercollegiate and CAA Championship.

Also continuing his rise in the collegiate ranks under the direction of Clark was Josh Brock. Brock won three tournaments and fashioned six top-10 finishes. He became UNCW's first medalist at the CAA Championship since Brian Joyce in 2005.
In 2009-10, Clark made his mark on the program by guiding the Seahawks to their first NCAA tournament appearance following a four-year absence from the championship tournament. In his second year, UNCW posted a pair of tournament wins taking medalist honors at the VCU Shootout and also at the River Landing Intercollegiate.

In 2008-09, UNCW fashioned eight top-10 finishes, including medalist honors for Josh Brock and Derek Wallace in the Cavalier Classic and Kauai Collegiate, respectively.

A native of Prattville, Ala., Clark began his collegiate playing career at South Florida before finishing up at Alabama. He played two and a half seasons for the Crimson Tide and former coach Dick Spybey before joining the school's coaching staff. 
Clark worked six years in Tuscaloosa and assisted with every phase of the Crimson Tide's program, including recruiting, travel, instruction and fund raising. He served as tournament director of the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Joe Namath Celebrity Golf Classic.

The energetic Clark accepted his first head coaching post at Georgia State in 2003-04 and enjoyed instant success. The Panthers finished seventh at the NCAA East Regional and 11th at the NCAA Championship, claiming a final ranking of 14th in the Golfstat poll.

In 2004-05, Clark was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Panthers to a fourth place finish in the NCAA East Regional and a tie for 13th at the NCAA Championship.

Clark's impressive run at GSU continued in 2005-06 as the Panthers made their debut in the CAA. He was selected CAA Coach-of-the-Year after State captured their first CAA golf title and advanced to the NCAA East Regionals.

The Panthers advanced to the NCAA East Regionals once again in 2006-07 behind Third-Team All-American Joel Sjoholm. GSU wound up ninth in the regionals and 17th overall at the NCAA Championship.

In his final season at GSU, the Panthers won their second CAA crown in three seasons behind Clark and Sjoholm. The Panthers finished 18th in the NCAA East Regionals in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Sjoholm, two-time Player-of-the-Year in the CAA, qualified for the NCAA finals with a fourth place finish individually.

"The Wilmington area is a beautiful place. When you think of the surroundings, you think of golf. I accept the challenge of also making it known for a great collegiate golf team that the university and community will be proud to call its own." 

Clark, an avid golfer with seven hole-in-ones to his credit, earned his Bachelor's Degree from Alabama in 1997. He married Raleigh native Erica Wein in the fall of 2008.

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