CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Former Tulane and Miami coach Perry
Clark on Tuesday was named the new coach at Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi, which is coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Clark has been out of coaching for three years, working as a TV
analyst. He replaces Ronnie Arrow, who helped start the Islanders
program in 1999. A&M-Corpus Christi, which finished 26-8 last
season, led second-seeded Wisconsin 25-7 in the first round of the
tournament before losing 76-63.
Clark was fired at Miami after the 2004 season with three years
left on his contract. He went 65-54 in four seasons, but 25-33 in
the last two. The Hurricanes made the NIT in 2001, then went 24-8
the following year but lost as a No. 5 seed in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament.
Tulane went to the tournament three times under Clark, who was
185-145 with six 20-win seasons there. His first team was 15-13
after the Green Wave went 4-24 the previous year.
"Perry Clark is a proven winner, on and off the basketball
floor, and we are fortunate at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to have a
man of his knowledge, experience and integrity leading our
basketball program," said A&M-Corpus Christi athletic director
Clark was an assistant at Penn State and Georgia Tech before
taking the Tulane job.