Chris Clark has spent the last 11 years as a baseball coach at North Side — six as the head coach — but he has decided the 2015 season was his last.
Clark resigned as baseball coach at North Side to accept a teaching position at Madison, where he will be teaching AP English.
“It was a tough decision because this was my first head coaching position,” Clark said. “But the easy part is leaving for the AP English job at Madison.”
Clark will take fond memories with him from his time with the Indians.
“I think what I value most is the relationships that I developed with the players and families,” he said. “I am proud of the guys for buying into something bigger than themselves. Talent is not enough to win.”
The teams Clark coached at North Side made a name for themselves at times for picking up wins in clutch situations when the odds were against them.
“This past season a 5-20 team beat Covington in the district tournament,” Clark said. “Last year, we beat USJ. We were outclassed in many games in terms of talent. You can’t say that to the players, but they were smart.
“In basketball, if you have more length than the other team, you are favored to win. In football, if you have more size or more speed that the other team, you are favored to win. In baseball, you can take a kid that throws 75 miles an hour, and if he can hit his spots, you have a 70 percent success rate.”
Now whether Clark gets back into coaching is yet to be seen.
“The good thing is that I don’t have to make that decision now,” Clark said. “Madison had two coaches that are great. I am going to Madison for the English job. I haven’t decided to step away forever.
“The past 16 seasons I have been on the baseball diamond in the spring, so it is hard to see anything differently. But there bigger things like four kids, mission opportunities to Haiti and AP English to focus on. I don’t want to just jump into something.”
Michael Odom, 425-9754