In his second year at the Southeast Missouri State Sports Information department is Patrick Clark. The native of Fairview Heights, Illinois is no stranger to the Southeast athletic program however, as he competed against Southeast collegiately as a football player at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Clark came to Southeast after spending time at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. He was a research coordinator for college football and the NCAA Women's College Basketball Tournament. His responsibilities included the research and development of story ideas on ESPN's Emmy award-winning College Gameday program. He then moved on to the Connecticut Army National Guard, where he served as a public affairs official.
Clark, who is in his 12th year as a member of the US Army National Guard, also served as a journalist for The Connecticut Guardian, one of the top Army publications in the country. He is currently serving as a truck driver for the 1744th Transportation Company in Streator, Illinois for the Illinois National Guard. Clark has reached the rank of staff sergeant in the Army and recieved the Army Achievement Medal (AAM) for his actions as a squad leader during combat training in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin this past summer.
In late August Clark was call into duty to serve in the wake of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He joined the 1344th Transportation Company in New Orleans, Louisiana where he served as a platoon sergeant. In his 32 days of service he successfully led over 20 missions in support of relief efforts. One such mission included the evacution of 27 victims from their flooded homes after being trapt for over six days. 18 of those rescued were from a flooded retirement home.
Shortly after he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and recieved an Army Achievement Medal and the Army's Humanitarian Medal for his actions during "Operation Katrina Relief".
In July Clark will leave Southeast to serve in Operation Iraq Freedom with the 1744th Trans. Co. He will be in Iraq for over 12 months.
Clark's previous experience includes serving as a Media Relations Associate at the University of Missouri. At Missouri he served as the wrestling contact and swimming and diving contact for both nationally ranked teams. He served as the media director for the 2003 Big 12 Wrestling Championships as well as assisting at the 2003 NCAA Wrestling Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. His 2002-03 Swimming and Diving media guide was voted as one of the top guides in region.
Before Missouri, Clark started his sports information career as a student assistant at SIU. He served as the primary contact for both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. He organized and oversaw the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. He also assisted in all aspects of Salukis men's basketball teams' run to the "Sweet 16".
At Southeast Clark will oversee all aspects of media coverage and event management for Southeast's women's volleyball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's tennis, softball and baseball teams.
Clark can also be heard as the public address announcer for various Southeast sporting events including volleyball, women's basketball and softball. He also provides color commentary for the Redhawks women's basketball team in their road radio broadcasts on ESPN 1220 KGIR.
An amateur photographer, he has seen many of his photographs published in various publications including SLAM magazine. His photo skills has earned him an American Advertising Federation (AAF) regional award for "Best Athletic Poster" for the pictures he took for the 2005 Southeast Missouri State baseball poster.
A 2001 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Clark was a three-time letter winner in football for the Salukis as a defensive back. He has a bachelor's degree in mass communications and plans to complete his master's in sports administration.