The Bell County middle school football program has a new head coach. Former Bobcat and University of Kentucky tight end Darrin Clark is the team’s new coach after working with Pineville’s middle schoolers the last few years.
“I’m really looking forward to it. We’re going to get started on July 15 at 6 p.m. down at the old Bell High complex,” Clark said. “I’ve got three sheets full of names and phone numbers for kids who are interested in playing and I’ll be making calls trying to get as many of them out as I can.”
Clark was a big part of Bell County’s 1991 state championship team coached by Dudley Hilton. After graduating in 1992, he went on to play tight end at the University of Kentucky under coach Bill Curry and then Hal Mumme for his senior season.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math Education at UK and went on to get his Master’s in Education.
Clark’s coaching career started at Bourbon County with Hilton. After teaching and coaching at BCHS for four year, he started teaching math at Southeast Community College in 2007.
He got back into coaching at the youth level to spend time with his children.Clark wanted to show appreciation to Pineville football coach Bart Elam and basketball coach J.D. Strange for giving him the opportunity to be part of their programs. Clark added that working with middle schoolers is something he enjoys.
He plans to use a similar offense and defense to the ones used by the high school team so the kids will be more ready to contribute when they get to that level.