Jacksonville State names Clark new football coach

Jacksonville State University didn't have to look far for its new head football coach.

The Ohio Valley Conference university has given the job to Bill Clark, who has spent the last five years as the defensive coordinator at the University of South Alabama after serving as one of the most successful high school coaches within the state.

Clark, a 1990 graduate of Jacksonville State, will be formally introduced during a news conference on Wednesday at JSU Stadium.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to come back home and become the next football coach at Jacksonville State," Clark said. "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."

Clark replaces Jack Crowe, who was fired three weeks ago with two seasons left on his contract. He had an 87-57 record in 13 season.

Clark's defense at South Alabama finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense this year as the Jaguars completed their first full season of competition in the league.

He has over 20 years of coaching experiencing. including nine years and a 107-11 record as head coach of nationally ranked Prattville High School. He won a pair of Class 6A state championships as his last two teams won 30 straight games, while the 2007 squad was ranked No. 2 in the nation in the USA Today's national high school poll.