Allison Clark, a former Shelbyville Central High and Tennessee Tech standout, begins her fifth season in 2009-10 as an assistant coach for the Middle Tennessee women's basketball program. She returned to the Volunteer State to join head coach Rick Insell's staff as one of his first hires 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 instrumental in the Blue Raiders' success the last three seasons. The team has captured three Sun Belt Tournament titles (2006, 2007, 2009) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times in the four seasons she has been on the bench.
Middle Tennessee set the school record with 30 wins in 2006-07 and earned its second top-25 ranking in four seasons with its spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. She has helped develop three Sun Belt Players of the Year, four Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year, three Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Players and 10 All-Sun Belt performers.
The Blue Raiders have also had the nation's leading scorer in each of the last two campaigns, Amber Holt in 2007-08 and Alysha Clark in 2008-09.
In her first season on the job in 2005-06, she was part of Insell's staff, which recruited a national top-10 signing class featuring current seniors Brandi Brown, Chelsia Lymon and Jackie Pickel.
Her duties with the Blue Raiders include recruiting and on-court coaching. She also coordinates all of the squad's Nike gear, including uniforms, practice clothes, shoes and travel suits. Clark also is a key contact for the Lady Raiders in the community.
Clark is also the director of the highly-successful summer camps on campus, which have seen their numbers rise dramatically over the last four years.
Insell believes her dynamic personality and attitude are a positive, which translates into success as a top-flight coach.
Clark began her collegiate career earning All-Freshman Team honors in the Big West Conference while playing at North Texas, now a member of the Sun Belt. She set the school record for 3-pointers in a season.
She then transferred back closer to home, arriving in Cookeville, Tenn., and suiting up for coach Bill Worrell's Tennessee Tech squad. After a redshirt campaign in 1998-99, she was a three-year letterwinner as the Golden Eagles won or shared the regular season Ohio Valley Conference championship all four years she was with the program.
Clark garnered All-Ohio Valley First Team accolades 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 in school history and was presented with the Ed Steitz Award as the best 3-pointer shooter in the country by the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
After graduating in 2002 she spent one season on the coaching staff with her alma mater before taking a graduate assistant position on the Arkansas staff. She later completed her master's degree in sports management from the Southeastern Conference institution.
She was a Street & Smith's, WBCA and USA Today All-American for Insell at Shelbyville Central, earning three letters for the Golden Eaglettes. She was a member of the 1995 state championship team and was named the Midstate Player of the Year by the Tennessean as a senior. Shelbyville Central won three straight district and region titles, and finished as state runner-up her senior campaign.
Clark was also a member of an AAU national championship team in 1996 and served as the head coach of the 1999 Tennessee Ladies AAU squad.