NEWBURYPORT — As the Clippers’ former football defensive coordinator, Bob Clark has been on the Newburyport High School athletic field for a long time.
“This is the first time in 32 years that I won’t be coaching football,” said Clark. “(But) I’ve always thought the athletic programs here have been outstanding and this is a good opportunity for me.”
Clark recently left his positions as both defensive coordinator and chairman of the special education department to take the job of NHS athletic director, which will see him overseeing all the athletic programs at the high school as well as the Rupert A. Nock Middle School.
Some might see that as the beginning of a list of headaches, but Clark sees it differently.
“I’ve been here three weeks and haven’t had a headache yet,” he said. “I think for me and my career, personally and professionally, it’s a new opportunity. I believe I bring a good skill set to the job as far as organizational skills. I think my reputation as a member of the staff at Newburyport High School as well as a member of the community, I believe I’m fairly well respected from that angle and I think I can bring a lot to that environment.”
A linebacker and baseball player at Curry College, Clark came to NHS in the fall of 1988 from Tufts University football, where he worked the defense with Ed Gaudiano. Gaudiano took over the Clippers’ head coaching job and Clark became the defensive coordinator as well as the school’s special needs coordinator.
“It’s not that I wanted to get out of coaching or that I wanted to leave coaching,” said Clark. “It’s very difficult to leave it. I will miss coaching this year. I’ve had some wonderful experiences and memories that go back a long time.”