Bears tab Clark as new strength coach


The Chicago Bears continued to fill vacant spots on new coach Marc Trestman’s coaching staff with the addition of Mike Clark as the club’s strength and conditioning coach. Clark replaces Rusty Jones, who retired after 20 plus years in the NFL.

Clark’s background includes experience at all three levels-high school, collegiate, and professional. He spent the last three seasons (2010-12) as the strength and conditioning coach of Kansas City after serving in the same capacity for six years with the Seattle Seahawks (2004-09). He was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthlyin 2005 and was a part of the Seahawks staff that advanced to Super Bowl XL under Head Coach Mike Holmgren.

Prior to joining the NFL ranks, Clark was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003 after 25 years working at the collegiate level.

Clark served as the strength and conditioning coach for 14 seasons at Texas A&M (1990-03), adding the duties of assistant athletic director in 2000. During his time with the Aggies, he was named the Strength Coach of the Year in 1993 and 2000 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Clark also served as president of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2000.

Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Clark served as the strength and conditioning coach at USC (1988-89), Oregon (1983-87), Kansas (1982) and Wyoming (1981).

The Wichita, Kansas native was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Topeka (Kansas) High School from 1979-80. He originally entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant with Kansas (1977-78).

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