Bill Clark introduced as new Jacksonville State football coach

Clark huddles with his Prattville team after winning one of his two Class 6A state championships. (

Bill Clark was introduced as the new head football coach at Jacksonville State today, replacing longtime coach Jack Crowe, who was released of his contract on November 30 after 13 seasons.

Athletic Director Warren Koegel formally introduced Clark as the new coach at a news conference at JSU Stadium today.

"Our vision and mission are winning conference championships and advancing to the postseason on a regular basis and we feel like Bill Clark brings the experience and skills to help us achieve our goals," Koegel said. "When you look at the success that Bill has enjoyed in our state, both on the collegiate and high school levels, we feel like he is the perfect fit to be our head football coach.

"Coach Clark is dedicated to the success of our student-athletes both in the classroom and on the football field," Koegel said. "We are also proud that both Bill and his wife, Jennifer, are graduates of Jacksonville State University and it became clear during the interview process that Coach Clark has great passion for Jacksonville State University."

Clark, a Jacksonville State alumnus, takes over for the Gamecocks after spending the previous five seasons at South Alabama as the defensive coordinator under Joey Jones. Before entering the college coaching ranks, he built a powerhouse program at Prattville High School for nine seasons, leading the Lions to consecutive 6A state championships in 2006 and 2007. He tallied 107 wins at Prattville, which included an impressive four undefeated regular seasons, and was named the Alabama High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year following his final season.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to come back home and become the next football coach at Jacksonville State," said Clark. "Jacksonville State has a great tradition and I'm looking forward to building off the past success, while also making us a national contender on the FCS level in the future."

"Just the other day, I was in the middle of recruiting, and got the call." Clark said following the news conference. "It was exciting and a dream come true to get to come back home."

"We have the highest expectations. Our first thing is getting the right guys in here and the guys we got here, we want to put a good product out there. That is these guys graduating, having a great experience, people being proud of what they do and how we play and how we act." Clark replied when asked about his first order of business as head coach.

Clark's previous coaching stops include stints at Piedmont High School, Tuscaloosa County High School, Coffee County (Ga.) High School and Dothan High School.

Bill Clark Coaching Profile:

Born:{} June 28, 1968 in Anniston, Ala.

Education:{} Jacksonville State 1990, bachelor's degree in Physical Education

Coaching Experience:

Piedmont High -- Assistant Coach, 1990-91

Tuscaloosa County High -- Assistant Coach, 1992-94

Coffee County High (Ga.) -- Assistant Coach, 1995-96

Dothan High -- Assistant Coach, 1997-98

Prattville High -- Head Coach, 1999-2007

University of South Alabama -- Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, 2008-12

Family:{} Wife, Jennifer; Daughter, Katie (17); Son, Jacob (15)