The Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) held its second annual national conference in Salt Lake City and honored 16 collegiate strength and conditioning coaches, including Texas Tech's Kelvin Clark.
Clark, along with the 16 other honorees, earned the prestigious title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. The organization has honored 26 coaches worldwide with this title. Clark joined the Tech staff in 1995 after serving on the strength staff at Vanderbilt. Characterized as an overachiever coming out of high school, Clark wound up earning collegiate All-America honors at Nebraska and playing seven years in the National Football League.
A 1979 graduate of Nebraska, Clark played three years at Odessa High (1971 - 1973). He signed at Nebraska, where he earned All-America and All-Big Eight honors in 1978. He was named to the All-America strength team as a senior and also was selected Nebraska Lifter of the Year. One of Clark's most prestigious honors came when he was named to the All-Time Nebraska Team when the elite squad was selected in conjunction with Nebraska's 100th year of football.
He was drafted in the first round of the 1979 NFL draft by Denver and spent three years with the Broncos before playing four years at New Orleans. After five seasons as the top assistant in Nebraska's nationally recognized strength program, he took over as head strength coach at Vanderbilt. At Vanderbilt, he helped the football players set strength records in virtually every category.
According to the CSCCA, the title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.