Bobby Clark: 'Giving up a dream job ... has not been easy'

Scotsman Bobby Clark, one of the giants of college coaching, is retiring after 17 years at Notre Dame and 31 years in the college game.

He led the Irish to the 2013 NCAA Division I men's title, the highlight of a career that saw him win 369 games. He won 216 games at Notre Dame, which made the NCAA Tournament in 16 of 17 seasons.

Bobby Clark, college coaching career:
1985-93 Dartmouth (82-42-13)
1996-2000 Stanford (71-21-12)
2001-17 Notre Dame (216-93-55)

After telling his players, he said it was possibly the hardest decision he has had to make at Notre Dame. He will be 73 next year and walked to spend quality time with his wife Bette.

“Giving up a dream job teaching the sport that I am addicted to has not been easy," he said. "Never a week goes by without one of my former players dropping me an email or making a call. The biggest part of being a teacher/coach is that you, and the sport you teach, help them grow up in a positive yet competitive environment."

Clark made more than 800 appearances as a goalkeeper in his playing career, mostly at Aberdeen. He won Scottish league and cup titles and went with Scotland to the 1978 World Cup. He played on the Washington Whips in 1967 and San Antonio Thunder in 1976.

In addition to stints at Dartmouth, Stanford and Notre Dame, Clark coached in Scotland, Zimbabwe and New Zealand, where he headed the national team program (1994-96).

Clark's youngest son, Jamie, is the men's head coach at Washington, and three former assistants are Division I men's head coaches at Georgetown (Brian Wiese), Valparaiso (Mike Avery) and Dartmouth (Chad Riley).

3 comments about "Bobby Clark: 'Giving up a dream job ... has not been easy'".
  1. Michael Jacobson, November 28, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

    A true giant leaves the stage. 

  2. Dave Wolf, November 28, 2017 at 8:34 p.m.

    For my money, the best coach in college soccer and a real gentleman.

  3. James Madison, December 16, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.

    A terrific coach and a wonderful man.  Bobby fulfilled in every way the potential his parents saw when they insisted that, as a condition of signing with Aberdeen, he obtain a college education.

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