ALBANY — Bernard Clark is now the University at Albany football program’s former associate head coach and defensive coordinator.
Clark, who coached at UAlbany for four seasons, has left the Great Danes’ staff to become the head coach at Robert Morris. In a statement released through UAlbany, Great Danes head coach Greg Gattuso wished Clark well in his new post.
“We’re close friends, and we’ve been doing this together a long time,” Gattuso said. “He’s a talented coach and definitely ready to be a head coach. I’m excited for him that he’s getting this opportunity. He’s going to do a great job at Robert Morris.”
Congratulations to my good friend, Bernard Clark for being named head football coach at Robert Morris! Bernard will do an outstanding job and we will miss him. Good luck Tiger!— Greg Gattuso (@CoachGGattuso) December 19, 2017
Clark, who played in college at Miami before playing linebacker in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, is expected to be introduced as Robert Morris’ head coach on Wednesday.
Previously, John Banaszak coached Robert Morris for four seasons and went 9-35. Banaszak — who won three Super Bowl rings playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers — resigned after a 2-9 campaign.
Clark’s defenses have been the strongest piece of UAlbany’s program in recent years. Last season, the Great Danes ranked ninth nationally in yards allowed per game and allowed only 17.7 points per game.