Sharon Clark
Sharon Clark
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 317-940-9211
Email: sclark@butler.edu

* Butler's all-time leader in volleyball wins
* 2010 Horizon League Champion and NCAA Tournament appearance
* Eight winning seasons at Butler
* Four 20-win seasons (1996, 2003, 2009, 2010) 

Under the guidance of head coach Sharon Clark, who will be in her 14th season with the Bulldogs in 2013, the Butler volleyball program has won championships and produced All-American players. In her 11th season at Butler (18th overall), Clark mentored the Bulldogs to the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

The 2010 season started with the team playing some of the nation's top teams, including Baylor, Louisville and Arizona. The tough competition paid off as Butler would go 13-3 in the Horizon League and then win the league tournament as the No. 2 seed. After playing in the NCAA tourney, Butler finished the 2010 season with a 21-10 record.

In 2012, Clark and the Bulldogs competed in their only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bulldogs posted a winning record, winning five straight matches at the end of the regular season to qualify for the A-10 volleyball tournament.

Clark's 2009 Butler squad was one of her best. Butler went 21-14 - including a 9-0 mark at home - and claimed a regular season tourney championship at IPFW. The total of 21 wins was at the time the program's highest mark since 1997. Another milestone for Clark came during the 2009 season, when the coach picked up her 250th career victory.

During her time at Butler, Clark has made a habit of developing some of the top talent in the Horizon League. Twelve Bulldog players have been named to the conference all-newcomer team in the past seven seasons, including one player who won the league's newcomer of the year award.

The 2008 Bulldogs finished the year with 19 wins - the school's most since 2003 - and ended up just one set shy of reaching the Horizon League Championship match for the 10th time in program history.

A proven recruiter and developer of talent, Clark has coached a pair of two-time AVCA All-Americans during her tenure at Butler. Jessica Wolfe was honorable mention All-American in 2009 and 2010 as well as a 3-time All-Horizon League player. Former BU great Areal Bienemy was named as an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection in 2003 before repeating the honor in 2004. Additionally, Clark has coached 18 All-Horizon League players and 15 all-newcomer team honorees during her time at Butler.

The Bulldogs have advanced to the league tournament semifinals seven times in Clark's 12 seasons, including a breakout 2000 team that finished with an 18-12 record and a second-place finish at the tournament in her first season.

The 2006 season was a memorable one for Clark, as the Bulldog coach registered her 200th career victory with a thrilling 3-2 win over Evansville before notching her 100th Butler win in a 3-0 sweep at Youngstown State.

The 2003 squad put together the most successful season under Clark with a 20-12 overall record, finishing the season ranked fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Midwest region and 55th nationally, according to RPI rankings. That campaign was followed by a 12-2 Horizon League mark in 2004, the best record since the 1997 season.

Clark came to Butler after serving as the head coach at the University of California-Davis for six seasons.

Her tenure with the Aggies was filled with success, as her teams averaged more than 16 wins per season and claimed two Northern California Athletic Conference titles to earn appearances in the NCAA Division II Championship. In addition, 90 percent of her student-athletes graduated, proving her commitment to both sides of the term "student-athlete."

Clark racked up a 97-85 (.533) record in six years at UC-Davis. The 1996 team was her most successful group, boasting a 21-11 overall record and a dominant 11-1 mark in league play as the Aggies won their second Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) title in three seasons and made a return trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Aggies' successful 1996 campaign earned Clark her second Coach of the Year honor from the NCAC. She was also honored as the Tachikara/AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and was nominated for national coach of the year honors.

Clark began her head coaching career at Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., where she spent a year on the Lumberjacks sidelines before moving to UC-Davis.

Prior to that, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater Cal State-Sacramento from 1990-92, helping the Hornets to a 41-6 record in 1990 and an NCAA Division II quarterfinals appearance. In its first NCAA Division I season, the team posted a 20-13 record and a trip to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

Clark's collegiate volleyball journey began at Cal State-Sacramento, where she played from 1985-88. Playing in 228 games over four years, she helped the Hornets to the NCAA Division II playoffs in each of her four seasons.

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. Additionally, she has been a facilitator at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

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.

In 2007, she was honored with the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award, presented by the sports task force of the National Association of Black Journalists, for her success and leadership as an NCAA head coach and member of the AVCA. Earlier that year, she was recognized as just one of six recipients nationwide of the Rebecca Howard Star Award from USA Volleyball for demonstrating a successful commitment to diversity in the sport.

Clark graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from California State-Sacramento in 1989 and received her master's degree in sports administration from her alma mater in 1994.

She and her husband, Tim, have a son, Myles Oliver.

Year School Overall Conference
1993 Humboldt St. 5-23 3-9
1994 UC-Davis 14-12 10-2
1995 UC-Davis 19-13 9-3
1996 UC-Davis 21-11 11-1
1997 UC-Davis 14-19 5-7
1998 UC-Davis 16-12 12-10
1999 UC-Davis 13-18 6-16
2000 Butler 18-12 7-5
2001 Butler 12-13 6-8
2002 Butler 15-20 7-7
2003 Butler 20-12 9-5
2004 Butler 18-10 12-2
2005 Butler  11-16 6-8
2006 Butler 8-22 3-11
2007 Butler 14-15 7-9
2008 Butler 19-11 8-8
2009 Butler 21-14 10-6
2010 Butler 21-10 13-3
2011 Butler 16-14 11-5
2012 Butler 17-12 7-7
2013 Butler 24-8 11-5
  At Butler (14 yrs.) 234-188 117-89
  Overall (21 yrs.) 336-289 173-137