Bill Clark, the current head coach of Jacksonville State, has been named the new head coach of Alabama-Birmingham.
In one of the more surprising moves of this season’s coaching carousel, Clark left the Gamecocks after just one season at the helm for a UAB program that has proven notorious to win at.
Clark’s one-year stint at JSU finished 11-4 as he led the program to the FCS quarterfinals, where they fell foul of Eastern Washington. Prior to that he was the defensive coordinator at South Alabama, where the Jaguars have been known for their defense since their inception in 2009.
Clark is well familiar with the state of Alabama. Not only has he been a track record from his USA days, but he was also a successful high school coach, where he coached Prattville to consecutive 6A championships. His high school record is an outstanding 107-11.
Clark has his work cut out for him in Birmingham. The Blazers have won just 80 games in 18 years, with just 3 winning seasons in that time. Clark will be replacing Garrick McGee (5-19), who is joining Bobby Petrino in Louisville.