By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
UAB Blazers head coach Bill Clark has announced that he will retire. He will officially step away on August 1st.
Clark shared the decision with his staff on Friday morning. He will be 54 on Tuesday.
“I have reached this difficult decision after consultation with a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection, and prayer,” Clark’s statement said. “Having undergone a previous back surgery, extensive physical therapy, shots, and chiropractic therapy, I have exhausted all of my options. Due to the extreme physical demands placed on a head coach, it is clear to me. It’s time to pass the torch and try and get well.”
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Offensive Coordinator Bryant Vincent will assume the interim head coach role once Clark steps away. Come August 1st, Defensive Coordinator David Reeves will add assistant head coach to his title.
Vincent also currently has the assistant head coach title.
Clark has been the Blazers’ head coach for six seasons. He held the role for eight years overall.
He guided the program for one season in 2014. Then, the administration said that due to budget cuts, they were cutting the football program.
After two seasons away, the Blazers returned in 2017.
He steps away with a 49-26 record. In December, Clark guided the team to its biggest win in program history.
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The Blazers defeated No. 13 BYU Cougars in the Radiant Technologies Independence Bowl.
“I am stepping down, but I am not walking away,” the statement said. “UAB football, the university, and the city of Birmingham mean too much to me. My roots and my heart are here, and they will stay here.”
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