Paris football coach Tyler Clark named offensive coordinator at Russellville
Paris football coach Tyler Clark has submitted his resignation that he is returning to his hometown to become offensive coordinator at Russellville.
He made the announcement first to the team and then in a public letter.
Clark took a program in disarray and turned them into a title contender in only three years. Clark was hired very late in the process, inheriting the Eagles in the summer without time to install his offensive scheme. The Eagles finished winless as players learned and developed in the new scheme.
A year later, the Eagles showed significant development on the offensive side of the ball, and improved to three wins. In year three, it all came together. A stiff defense showed up to support the offense and the Eagles rewrote the school's record book.
Paris finished 5-1 in conference play, taking conference champion Booneville to the wire in the regular season finale. The Eagles rolled to the state quarterfinals round and raised the expectations of the program with an 11-2 record.
While the Eagles will lose some key pieces, the returning skill players have the expectations high for Paris.
Russellville is hoping Clark can bring some of that magic to the Cyclones program. Last year, in the 6-A West, the Cyclones went winless and were the lowest scoring team in conference play. Perennial conference power Greenwood scored 604 points while the Cyclones only mustered 244 in conference play. It is one of the toughest conferences in the state, featuring Lake Hamilton, Benton, Parkview, and Mountain Home.
Clark openly stated it was a very tough decision. In his letter, he thanked the school and his assistant coaches, but also the community programs that supported the team through both the tough times and the playoff run. Clark filled a giant void that was missing in a proud program, taking time to work with the Boys and Girls Club programs and communicating with their leadership. He was always in person for Quarterback Club meetings and shared openly his admiration of the Paris community.
Above everything, Clark thanked his players. That was always his way, acknowledging the athletes that bought in and did the work.
Paris athletic director Casey Mainer finds himself in a very familiar position, finding a coach with four months before the season starts. Mainer thanked Clark for his efforts, and understood the significance of returning home.
“We are dedicated to finding the right person,” Mariner said and “That search for that person has started.”