Associate Head Coach Jeff Clark

Having Jeff Clark is like having another head coach on the bench. His strategic game planning has been instrumental in winning conference championships over the years. However, his influence goes far beyond X’s and O’s. He is a great coach of people. He knows how to lead young men to become the best they can be on and off the court.
— Greg Tonagel
Coach Clark is constantly displaying IAm3rd by how he coaches and treats his players. You know you will leave any conversation with him being challenged and encouraged by his godly wisdom.
— Jordan Weidner, Class of 2014


QUICK FACTS

  • Has been on the bench for the 11 most successful seasons in IWU history where the Wildcats have an overall record of 313-78 (.801)
  • Has served in the role of Associate Head Coach for two national championships, a Final Four, and four Elite Eight runs in the NAIA National Tournament
  • IWU has been ranked in the top 6 in each of the 11 seasons he has been on the staff
  • Serves as the offensive coordinator, where the Wildcats have led NAIA DII in points scored over the past four seasons
  • Focuses on post player development, where he has mentored a post player to 1st, 2nd or 3rd Team All-American in each of the past 8 years
  • Has been named INB News NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year 4 times in his role as recruiting coordinator
  • Has four children with his wife Tiffany (Josh, Caleb, Luke and Audrey)

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Why IWU...

While our facilities and success speak for themselves, there is something deeper that is happening here.  The mission of IWU is legit--there is a shared purpose (from administration to coaches to players to support staff) to change the world for Christ.  Joining in this movement while playing for one of the best leaders in the nation in Coach T is an exciting opportunity!  

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is more than a catchy slogan--it's a discipleship process that turns into a way of life.  Our goal is to try to position every person affiliated with our program to move beyond knowledge of God and into experience of Him.  Whether it is putting a teammate before yourself in the heat of competition or serving a meal to a Dominican child who will not eat another meal during the day, as we experience God through putting Him first and others second, we can't help but be transformed into a person who lives an IAm3 lifestyle.

Fearless is...

Being fearless is a manifestation of IAm3 at the deepest level.  The Bible tells us that 'perfect love drives out fear.'  As we learn to love God and others perfectly, our focus turns away from the circumstances that motivate our fear and onto our belief in something greater than our circumstance.  This allows us to play and live in freedom.

What do you hope a player who plays at IWU gains from his experience?

What we pray separates the experience of an IWU athlete is that they become experts in helping a team thrive by making those around them better.  While we don't minimize the importance of acquiring more knowledge and information, we do not think the problems in this world are going to be solved merely through knowing more. We believe the biggest problems will be solved by groups of people who understand how to sacrifice personal glory and use their gifts and abilities together for a greater purpose than themselves.  Our program is designed to train our players in this.  If our athletes can go into their families, communities, churches, and professions with the understanding they will only achieve great things through the service of others, we will have succeeded at our jobs.


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