APA tennis coach named to NCHSAA Hall of Fame – News – The Free Press

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced on October 9 that Donald Clark, varsity boys tennis coach and social studies/ English teacher at Arendell Parrott Academy, will be among its eight inductees in 2020.

Clark joined the APA faculty in 2014 after a long and distinguished tenure coaching both boys and girls tennis at Greene Central High School, where he was Eastern Plains Conference Coach of the Year 22 times. He was also named NCTA High School Coach of the Year in 2006.

At Parrott, he began by coaching varsity volleyball for one year, winning the school’s first conference championship since 1992. Since 2015, he’s coached varsity boys tennis, winning three Coastal Rivers Conference championships and one Eastern Plains Independent Conference championship. Twice he’s led teams to second place in the state. He’s also been conference Coach of the Year four times. Brad Sauls, APA’s varsity girls tennis coach who played for Clark at Greene Central and now is a colleague, lauded Clark’s rapport with his players. “He has a natural ability to motivate kids. His expectations are high, and you just want to do your best for him.”

Clark’s induction also recognizes his tremendous role promoting tennis in Eastern North Carolina for many decades. He helped found and preside over the North Carolina Tennis Coaches Association for twelve years and has served on the Wilson Tennis Foundation Board of Directors and as a USTA Tournament Director for 22 years. Clark still serves as the NCHSAA State Tournament Director for the 2A Men’s and Women’s Individual Tennis Championships. In 2011 he won the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award given by the NCHSAA. The official induction ceremony and banquet will take place on April 8, 2020, at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

 



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