Baylor head boys’ basketball coach Austin Clark was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes and honors the great athletic accomplishments of citizens from the greater Chattanooga area.
Serving as the head basketball coach at Baylor for 36 years, Clark has been more than accomplished: he led the Baylor boys’ basketball team to 522 wins, 15 state tournament appearances, six trips to the state semifinals, and two state runner-up finishes.
A great basketball player himself, Clark was nominated for East Tennessee’s most outstanding high school player in 1971, before playing a significant role as a “distributor” at the University of Tennessee, often getting the ball to his teammates—including Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld—to score.
At Baylor, Clark has continued his spirit of selflessness and fulfilled the school’s endeavor to “foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world.” Though Clark already retired from coaching, he has continued, in his spare time, to coach Baylor students who possess passion and seek to pursue improvement in their basketball skills. When interviewed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2008, Clark said, “I’ve never put much stock in records. To me, success is looking ten years down the road and seeing a kid that played for me doing well in life.”
With great dedication to and care for Baylor School and his beloved students and players, Coach Clark represents the spirit of Baylor.