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UAB coach to talk at Trussville luncheon

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — First-year UAB head football coach Bill Clark will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, May 15 Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Trussville Civic Center.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

Clark, a Jacksonville State University alum, led Prattville High School to two Class 6A state championships before joining the University of South Alabama as defensive coordinator, where his defenses ranked among the best in the nation for his five seasons there.

Jacksonville State won its first Division I playoff game under Clark and posted 11 wins in his only season at the school last season.

UAB head football coach Bill Clark
photo courtesy of UAB Athletics

Clark was named the UAB head football coach in January, when Garrick McGee departed after two seasons to become the Louisville offensive coordinator.

“As we talk about the process of what we are going to build here, we talk about making the total man,” Clark said at his introductory press conference. “That is what we want to do. We are also going to involve the city of Birmingham, our faculty and our students. We want to create excitement. There are just so many things that we have got to do. We are a little bit behind, but that is OK. We have been recruiting. We have been working. We think there are a ton of things to sell at this university. We just have to get that process started. We are extremely happy.”

UAB Athletics Director Brian Mackin said at Clark’s introduction that he wanted a man who had integrity and character.

“Check, he has that,” Mackin said. “He is respected by his peers. There has not been one person who has said a bad thing about Bill Clark.”

The cost for the luncheon is $17. For more information, visit or email Event Coordinator Katie Thompson at

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