|Position:||Assistant Coach-Offensive Line|
The impact Keith Clark has had on the Dartmouth offense, particularly the offensive line, cannot be overstated. During his seven years on the Big Green sideline, the running game has been one of the strongest in the Ivy League, while the pass blocking has ranked among the best in the FCS.
A coaching veteran of 30 years in the college ranks, including 24 in the Ivy League, Clark took an offensive line comprised mostly of underclassmen and molded them into a formidable front that paved the way for Nick Schwieger ’12 to lead the Ivy League in rushing yards per game for three straight years and set the school career rushing record. With two-time All-Ivy First Team selection Ryan O’Neill anchoring the line, Clark’s crew surrendered less than a sack per game in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Dartmouth ranked 33rd in passing, then followed that up by ranking 18th in rushing (best in the Ivy League). The Green averaged over 30 points a game in 2014 for the first time in over two decades while placing two linemen on the All-Ivy First Team in both 2013 and ’14, anchored by Scotty Whitmore. In 2015, Dartmouth earned a share of the Ivy crown with All-Ivy and All-New England center Jacob Flores — who was signed by the Green Bay Packers — as the keystone up front. With Clark’s line providing the protection, Dalyn Williams started all but one game as the top signal caller while setting numerous Big Green career records, including passing yards and total yardage.
Clark spent 12 seasons (1997-2008) on the sidelines at Yale, first as the offensive line coach before being elevated to associate head coach in 2003. He also spent time as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator as Yale broke 75 school offensive records. Clark helped Yale to an overall record of 70-49 and two Ivy championships (1999 and 2006). No less than 11 Bulldog offensive linemen earned first-team All-Ivy honors under his guidance.
Clark got his start in the Ivy League at Columbia, spending five years with the Lions as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He also oversaw the strength program and team travel as part of his duties. In his final season at Columbia, the Lions posted a record of 8-2, their best showing in 50 years.
Coach Clark with wife, Kristen, and son, Kaelan.
Prior to his Ivy League service, Clark spent three seasons at Wagner College as the offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and strength coach. The Seahawks posted a 16-13 mark with Clark on the staff. He coached for single seasons at Rutgers as a graduate assistant in 1988, Maine as the Black Bears won the Yankee Conference and advanced to the I-AA playoffs, and his alma mater, Lafayette, in 1986. In addition, he was the head coach of the Bolzano Jets in Italy for two seasons, posting an overall mark of 21-6.
Clark has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) since 1987 and was chairman of the FCS Assistant Coach’s Committee for four years. Clark has been active in the community as well, participating in Reading for Elementary Schools Program and Middle School Football Mentoring Program.
A 1985 graduate of Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, Clark was a three-year starter at offensive left tackle for the Leopards, plus wrestled for two years.
Clark and his wife, Kristen, have one son, Kaelan.
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