Former Shelbyville Central and Tennessee Tech standout Allison Clark begins her third season as an assistant coach for the Middle Tennessee women's basketball program. Clark returned to the state of Tennessee to join head coach Rick Insell's staff after serving two years as a graduate assistant at Arkansas for coach Susie Gardner. Clark rejoined her high school and AAU coach and has been a big part of Middle Tennessee's success the last two seasons. The Blue Raiders have won back-to-back Sun Belt Tournament championships and claimed the SBC regular season crown in 2006-07, posting a perfect 18-0 record. Middle Tennessee set the school record with 30 wins this past season and earned the first-ever ranking by the Associated Press. The squad was also ranked in the Top 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time since 1988. Clark has helped develop two Sun Belt Players of the Year, two SBC Defensive Players of the Year, and two SBC Tournament Most Outstanding Players, as well as six All-Sun Belt performers during the past two years. Middle Tennessee also had a Top-10 ranked recruiting class in 2006, the current staff's first year on the job. Clark's duties with the Blue Raiders include recruiting and on-the-floor coaching. Insell believes Clark's dynamic personality and attitude are a positive that will lead to success as a top-flight coach. Clark played her freshman season at the University of North Texas, earning Big West Conference All-Freshman honors and setting the freshman record for 3-pointers in a season.
She then transferred to Tennessee Tech, where she was a three-year letterwinner for coach Bill Worrell. Clark redshirted during the 1998-99 season. The Golden Eagles won or shared the regular season OVC championship all four years she was in Cookeville.
Clark was a First Team All-OVC selection as a junior and was named to the OVC All-Tournament team as a sophomore and junior. She set the single-season and career marks for 3-pointers and was given the Ed Steitz Award as the Best 3-point Shooter in the Nation by the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Clark spent one season on the coaching staff at Tennessee Tech before taking a position as a graduate assistant at Arkansas staff, where she earned her master's in Sports Management.
Clark was an All-American for Insell at Shelbyville Central High School, lettering three seasons for the Golden Eaglettes. She was a member of the 1995 state championship team and was named Midstate Player of the Year by the Tennessean as a senior. Shelbyville won three straight District and Region titles and finished runner-up at the state tournament during Clark's senior year.
She was also a member of an AAU national championship team in 1996 and served as the head coach of the Tennessee Ladies AAU squad in 1999.