NACOGDOCHES, TX (News Release) - Cody Clark has been hired on as Stephen F. Austin's newest cross country coach, also working with the men's and women's distance programs during the track and field season.
Clark takes over for former cross country coach Lou Snelling, who left to take over as head track and field coach at Bowling Green State University.
The Merit, Texas, native was a standout distance runner in his five-year career with the Lumberjacks and served three years as an assistant coach under former head cross country coach Lou Snelling. Most recently, he spent a year as head girl's track and field coach at Waller High School where he led the WHS girls to the District 17-4A title.
"I couldn't be more excited to be taking over as cross country coach at SFA," Clark said. "I ran here, I coached here before and there is even more of a sense of pride embedded into the job when you work at your alma mater. Coach Snelling left the program in great shape and with the returners we have back this year, we should be able to pick up right where we left off last season."
Clark's most recent success came at the high school level at WHS where 13 athletes off his girl's team qualified for the regional meet. The Lady Bulldogs set eight school records during his year at WHS, claiming four individual district titles and taking home the district's 4x400 crown.
On the boy's side, he also had a pair of runner's qualify for the Class 4A Region III meet in cross country, setting two school records in the process.
Clark helped guide a youthful SFA men's and women's cross country team to second-place finishes at the 2008 SLC Cross Country Championships. SFA finished the meet with four All-SLC honors, and Mitch Ownbey and Stephanie Ganter were named SLC Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The Ladyjacks followed that up with another second-place finish in 2009.
The SFA distance squads proved their strength during the 2009 track and field seasons. SFA recorded four individual titles, and seven all-conference finishes during the outdoor campaign. All told, the Ladyjack and Lumberjack distance runners recorded five individual titles, 10 all-conference performances, three regional marks, two school records and were key in helping the SFA women bring home both the SLC Indoor and Outdoor titles in 2009.
Clark won the 2005 SLC Cross Country championship and was named SLC Cross CountryAthlete of the Year. He was a three-time All-SLC honoree overall.
In addition to his 2005 victory in cross country Clark's career highlights include a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2006 SLC Indoor Championships and a second-place showing in the same event at the 2005 SLC Outdoor Championships.
Clark was a part of three-straight conference titles in cross country.