Bo Clark’s basketball career has included a little bit of everything, from star player in college to the most successful coach in Flagler College history.
On Monday, Clark said that this season would be his last, announcing his retirement after 31 total years as the men’s basketball coach at the St. Augustine college. Clark will leave following the season.
“I have had the most incredible tenure at Flagler, but I decided that the time was right to pass the torch,” Clark said at an afternoon press conference. “I love coaching and leading this team, but I am looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life.”
Clark has been as well-linked with Flagler as any other coach at the program, coaching there for 31 years across two stints. Hired in 1982 at just 25 years old, Clark spent three years there before leaving. He returned to Flagler in 1988 and has been there ever since. Clark has a 489-370 career record.
Clark took the Saints to three consecutive trips to the NAIA national tournament from 2003-05, and later led Flagler through its transition into NCAA Division II. His top two players were NAIA All-Americans, former St. Augustine High star John Randolph and Carlton Summers. On the basketball court, Clark’s resume was sterling, a national name during the 1970s while starring at UCF.
He broke nearly every mark imaginable at the school, playing for his father, Torchy, and lighting up the scorebook. Clark remains the career scoring leader at UCF (2,886), and his 70-point game against Florida Memorial in 1977 remains a program mark. His jersey number (23) is retired and Clark was inducted into the UCF hall of fame in 1998. He led the nation in scoring during a sensational season in 1977 at 31.6 ppg.
“Bo Clark is a class act. He leaves an amazing legacy of success, sportsmanship, collegiality, and positive impact on student-athletes,” Flagler athletic director Jud Damon said. “We wish him great success and enjoyment in this next stage of his career and life. Bo Clark’s name will always be synonymous with Flagler Basketball.”
While Clark played for his father in college, he would later coach all three of his sons, J.P., David and Matt, at Flagler. The school has designated Feb. 18 as Bo Clark Day prior to Flagler’s 3:30 game with UNC Pembroke.