BREAKING: UAB head coach Bill Clark retiring in Augustā€”details here

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Sad news for UAB today. (UAB Athletics / Facebook)

UAB coach Bill Clark announced his retirement Friday morning. Keep reading to learn more about the decision.

Bill Clark’s announcement

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A winner for sure. (UAB Athletics / Facebook)

Bill Clark, who has guided the resurrection of the Blazers program in the last decade, has announced that he is retiring in August due to health concerns.

Clark has been the head coach of the Blazers since 2014, leading the team to two Conference USA titles and five straight bowl games throughout his time at UAB.

A difficult decision

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Wishing the best for Coach Clark. (UAB Athletics / Facebook)

“It’s time. Knowing that doesn’t make this any easier. Retiring as the UAB head coach is the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make, but my future health and well-being depend on it have reached this difficult decision after consultation with a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection and prayer.”

Bill Clark, Head Football Coach, UAB

In a statement released by Clark, he explained that his long-standing back issues have grown more and more debilitating over the past year leading to him needing a spinal fusion. This news and the physical demands placed on a head coach ultimately brought him to his decision to pass the torch and focus on getting well.

What now?

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Coach Clark is confident in the future of his team. (UAB Athletics / Facebook)

Clark said that his retirement will officially begin on August 1. Assistant coach Bryan Vincent will take over as the interim coach with David Reeves as his assistant head coach. Clark made it clear to the school that he wants his staff to remain in place for the 2022 season and is confident in what they are capable of.

Clark’s time at UAB

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Garth Brooks became an honorary Blazer as Coach Clark presented him with a customized jersey. (UAB Athletics / Facebook)

Clark fought for UAB after the program was temporarily shuttered in 2014, continuing on to win two conference titles and bring the team to win its first ever bowl game in program history. The Blazers never had a losing season in Clarkā€™s six years with the team.

Clarkā€™s statement said that he is unclear about his future beyond the procedure but that he will continue to live in the Birmingham area and contribute to causes like the Childrenā€™s Harbor homecoming game and the CoachSafely Foundation.

ā€œI am stepping down, but I am not walking away. UAB football, the university and the city of Birmingham mean too much to me. My roots and my heart are here and they will stay here.ā€

Bill Clark, Head Football Coach, UAB

We wish Clark the best and look forward to seeing his continued impact on the community and his team.

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