Ex-NFL LB Bernard Clark will be next RMU head coach
Albany defensive coordinator and former NFL linebacker Bernard Clark is expected to be announced as the next head football coach at Robert Morris, sources tell Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Clark, 50, played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks professionally in the early 1990s after graduating from the University of Miami. The Tampa native coached linebackers at Pitt for one season in 2010.
Clark is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to meet with members of the current staff, which has remained in place since the Nov. 20 resignation of former head coach John Banaszak. It’s unclear if any of the staff, including defensive coordinator Scott Farison, who just finished his 16th season at Robert Morris, will be retained.
In 2017, the Colonials went 2-9, lost their final nine games and finished in last place in the Northeast Conference. In four years under Banaszak, they went 9-35.
Footballscoop.com first reported that Clark was expected to take the position. Clark will become the third head coach in the program’s 23-year history, following Banaszak and Joe Walton.
Clark has also coached at James Madison, Liberty, Florida International, South Florida, Hampton and Colorado State.
Albany went 4-7 in 2017 and finished in tenth place in the Colonial Athletic Association, despite Clark’s defensive unit finishing No. 9 in the country in total defense, No. 15 in rushing defense, No. 17 in scoring defense and No. 20 in passing defense.
Albany’s head coach is Pittsburgh native and former Duquesne head coach, Pitt assistant and Penn State defensive lineman Greg Gattuso.