Former Team USA men’s volleyball player and two-time NCAA National Champion, Carson Clark, has been named the head coach for the Notre Dame High School men’s beach volleyball team, announced by Athletic Director Alec Moss on Wednesday.
Clark, a decorated athlete, brings a great deal of experience to Notre Dame. The four-time AVCA All-American helped lead UC Irvine to two NCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2012. During his second championship run, Clark was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 National Championship and was named AVCA First Team All-American and All-MPSF. Following his collegiate career, Clark has and has shown great success on the court all over the world.
A former member of the United States Men’s Senior Volleyball team for almost a decade, Clark has collected Gold Medals on the 2014 FIVB World League Team, at the NORCECA Continental Championship in 2013 and 2014 and with the Pan American Cup Teams in 2010 and 2012.
“We are very excited about Carson being around to coach our boys beach program,” said Moss. “His experience playing speaks for itself and we believe he is one of the next great up and coming coaches in the greater Los Angeles area. I am excited to see the growth of our young men on and off the court.”
In addition to his collegiate and professional experience, Clark has also spent the last several years coaching indoor and beach volleyball, including, multiple Team USA Youth Volleyball Camps, UCSB Summer CoEd Volleyball Camps, 10VB Volleyball Club and many others.
“I’m extremely excited and humbled at the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of athletes here at Notre Dame,” said Clark. “Being fortunate enough to play with and against the best players in the world representing team USA and numerous professional teams overseas, the opportunity to accelerate the learning curve for the athletes and instill a winning environment is an exciting endeavor.”
Clark will start with the Knights beach volleyball team this fall.