Bernard Clark, a former NFL linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks, enters his fourth season at UAlbany in 2017. After serving as assistant head coach and linebackers coach in 2014, Clark was elevated to the position of associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach for 2015.
In 2016, Clark's defense ranked first in the CAA with a +1.45 turnover margin and 32 total forced turnovers, leading to just 18.8 points allowed per game for second in the league. Three UAlbany defense players earned All-CAA honors, including Michael Nicastro on the First Team with 126 total tackles and three recovered fumbles, each top-four in all of FCS.
In his first season at UAlbany, Clark's defense led the nation in turnover margin (1.25) as well as fumble recoveries (20), while linebacker Michael Nicastro earned third-team All-CAA honors.
As a player, Clark won two National Championships with the Miami Hurricanes and was named the 1987 Orange Bowl MVP. Earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, Clark went on to play three seasons in the NFL and two in the AFL before entering the coaching world.
Clark began his collegiate coaching career at James Madison University, where he trained the defensive ends for two seasons (1998-99). He then moved to Liberty University, serving as linebackers coach and oversaw special teams from 2000-03.
Clark had two stints at Florida International University (FIU), initially serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He then spent a year in the Big East Conference at the University of South Florida, coaching the Bulls' defensive line in 2006, as they made an appearance in the PapaJohns.com Bowl Game. Clark returned to FIU for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
In 2009, Clark served as Hampton University's defensive coordinator before leaving to become Pitt's linebackers coach in 2010. The Panthers' defense finished in the top-10 of the FBS that season. Clark spent the 2011 season as the linebackers coach at Colorado State before returning to Hampton for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.