LAKEWOOD – Bear Creek boys’ basketball is getting a breath of fresh air.
After winning only a total of only eight games over the last four seasons the school has hired Marty Clark to rebuild a once proud hoops program.
Clark will replace Zach Morris, who was able to get the program off the ground after taking it over two seasons ago.
“We’ve hired the best basketball coach we could.” Bear Creek director of athletics Jeff Lueders said. “He has a tremendous amount of basketball experience and is a perfect fit for what we are trying to accomplish here at Bear Creek. Coach Zach Morris helped us get it started, and Marty will finish the job.”
Over past 13 years Clark has created and developed Next Level Academy, a basketball academy in the South Metro area. His academy has coached over 50 scholarship athletes, and had over 1200 young basketball players actively involved.
“Bear Creek is fortunate to hire a coach of his caliber. Marty can help our students get to the next level,” Lueders said.
Before coaching, Clark played high school basketball for Mullen High School and then went on to play for Duke University, playing on two National Championship teams where he was the team captain his senior year.
Clark was a four-year letter winner for the legendary Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Clark then played eight years of professional basketball in Finland, Turkey and Australia. He also played with the Rapid City Rattlers.
“It’s an honor to take a job like this with a school that has such a proud athletic history,” Clark said. “I am looking forward to getting to work with the guys and helping turn this program in the right direction.”
But Clark will certainly have his work cut out for him. The Bears have won just eight of a possible 92 games over the past four seasons (3-20 in 2012-2013, 1-22 in 2011-2012, and 2-21 in 2010-2011 and 2009-2010).
Morris, also the head football coach, perhaps had too much on his plate trying to lead two programs that are both currently struggling. Morris will remain as coach of the football team.