Darnell Clark

Department of Applied Physiology, Health, & Clinical Sciences
Lecturer, Graduate Sports Performance Practicum Coordinator
Belk Gym 221


Darnell Clark is a lecturer and the graduate school sports performance practicum coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  From 2004-2022 he served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS)  in Charlotte, NC.  In this role, Clark and his staff directed performance training for 70 middle school, junior varsity, and varsity teams (24 sports).  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University.  Clark is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D).  He has shared his research and experiences by presenting on multiple topics domestically and internationally.  In 2014, Clark was the recipient of the NSCA’s High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award, and under his direction, CCDS earned the NSCA’s Strength of America Award for ten consecutive years.  He has coached 10 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning All-Americans and over 250 college-bound student-athletes.  From 2013 – 2016, he served as the NSCA’s North Carolina State Director; from 2016 – 2019, he served as the NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator; and from 2019-2022 served on the NSCA board of directors.  Currently, Clark is pursuing his Doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where his research focus is coach education and pedagogy.