Rugby Coach and TeachAids Advisor Jack Clark Leads Cal Bears to Collegiate Rugby Championship Game
On June 1st, TeachAids advisor Jack Clark will once again leads the Cal Bears to the NCAA Championship game for Men’s Rugby.
Clark got his start in rugby when he transferred to UC Berkeley, where he played on the varsity football team and played rugby in the offseason. He found his passion for rugby after being cut from NFL tryouts and hoped to play professionally before sustaining an injury. Clark became the sixth head coach of men’s rugby at UC Berkeley in 1984 after being assistant coach for two years under his former coach, Ned Anderson.
Clark has taken the team to new highs including a record of 653-92-5 (.870) in 15s and 152-18 (.894) in 7s. He is admired by coaches across the country for developing a strong team mindset fueled by high standards of trust and leadership exhibited by all members. While bringing in many wins for the Cal team, Clark also served as the head coach for the U.S. national team, nicknamed the Eagles and brought one of the best records in rugby coaching history with 16 world cup victories. He has also served as the team’s General Manager as well as the Business Development Director for USA Rugby.
In 2000, Clark was chosen as one of Berkeley’s Top Ten Most Influential Coaches of the 20th Century. In 2014 he was inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in Houston for his outstanding contribution to the game. Shortly afterwards in 2016, UC Berkeley also inducted Clark into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame and received the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for exemplifying Cal’s principles in their careers. He is a highly coveted guest lecturer in many domains of business and academia for his skilled knowledge about building a value-based team.
TeachAids is immensely proud to have a coach with such tremendous character as an advisor to our CrashCourse concussion education initiative. We wish Clark and the Cal Rugby team all the best of luck in the championship game!