Ryan Clark became the head coach of the Alma College men's basketball program in April of 2019. He has been a fixture in the Scots' athletic department since 2012 and has had success leading both the men's and women's basketball programs at Alma.
This past season Clark guided the Scots to a 13-13 record and a berth in the MIAA Postseason Tournament. During his first campaign at the helm, Alma defeated Defending-National Champion Wisconsin-Oshkosh at Art Smith Arena on Decemeber 6. The Scots also took down rival Hope College in the program's first road win against the Dutchmen since the 1993-1994 season.
When Clark accepted the position as head coach of the men's basketball team, former Director of Athletics Steven Rackley was thrilled with the decision.
"I'm very happy to have Ryan lead our men's basketball program," said Rackley. "Ryan has proven to be quite a capable coach over the course of this tenure here. His players respect him, his peers admire him, and he is held in high regard in the department. I am confident his success will continue in this new role and we're fortunate it's happening here at Alma."
For the 2018-2019 season, Clark was the head coach of the Alma College women's basketball program. That year the Scots had their best season in 16 years, posting a 15-12 overall record — the most wins in a season since 2002-03 — and a 9-7 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association record. The Scots earned the fourth seed in the MIAA tournament and reached the conference semifinals for the first time since 2006 where it fell to eventual champion Trine.
Clark had previously been the assistant men's basketball coach at Alma College since 2012 under former head coach Sam Hargraves. While holding that position, Clark oversaw drastic improvements in the program, culminating in a 24-7 season in 2015-16 in which the Scots made it to the NCAA Sectional Championship and was ranked the nation's sixth-best team in Division III by d3hoops.com by the season's end. Alma improved its league record in each of Clark's first four seasons and broke program records that had been in place for over 15 years such as most wins in a season and appearances in the MIAA postseason tournament.
10 Alma players have been named to the MIAA First or Second-Teams during Clark's Alma College tenure, including Scott Nikodemski, who was a National Association of Basketball Coaches and d3hoops.com All-American, MIAA Most Valuable Player and two-time First-Team selection.
Collegiately, Clark played four years of varsity basketball for Kalamazoo College, contributing mostly as a shooting guard and small forward. A 2011 graduate, Clark ranks second for the most three-point field goals made in a season and is third all-time for three-pointers made in a career. He was a two-time All-MIAA Second Team selection, amassing over 1,000 points during his career.
A native of Leslie, Mich., Clark now resides in St. Louis with his dog, Hank.