INDIANAPOLIS – Butler volleyball coach Sharon Clark will join coaches, administrators and sports professionals from around the nation as a facilitator in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. The four-day event will host 400 current student-athletes who are interested in coaching. It will be held downtown at the Marriott Downtown May 11-14.
Clark and the other facilitators will be teaching applicable concepts such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting. There is a two-day training session for the facilitators in April which will help them teach and engage as mentors. Facilitators will also serve as advisors to the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs unit.
Clark, who will enter her 18th season as a collegiate head coach (11th at Butler) this fall, has won 258 matches as coach of the Bulldogs. She led the team to a 21-14 mark last season. In addition to her work on the college sidelines, Clark is involved with several committees and numerous NCAA educational programs. She serves as the Horizon League representative for the AVCA Head Coaches Committee, is a co-chair of the AVCA Minority Coaches Clinic and serves on the Butler University Human Resources and Organizational Development committee.
She also sits on several national advisory boards and works as a Cadre with the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), where she helps new coaches to become more educated and acclimated in the coaching field.
Clark is a 2005 graduate of the NCAA's Women Coaches Academy, which was created to enhance the skills and perspectives of women coaches and to aid in the retention of women coaches in intercollegiate athletics. The program, just in its fourth year, included 26 coaches at Clark's June 2005 session at Emory University in Atlanta.
A former winner of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship, Clark also co-founded Club Sacramento, a junior volleyball team, in 1985. She coached the team for eight years, including a sixth-place finish in the 1991 Junior Olympics.