YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Athletics department recently announced the hire of Georgia College Head Soccer Coach Hope Clark to the position of Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator.
The winningest coach in GC Soccer history, Clark spent nine years at Georgia College, totaling 78 victories and the first two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Runner-Up trophies in school history.
"I am so grateful for the support of Wendell Staton, the GC Athletic Department and the amazing young women of Georgia College Soccer, all of them have been nothing short of supportive as I enter the next chapter in my life and career," said Clark. "This is an amazing opportunity that Jennifer Rushton and Young Harris has given me to grow personally and professionally and I would not be prepared had it not been for the support and development Wendell and our entire athletic administration have given to me the past nine years. Wendell has been an amazing mentor, allowing me to grow, love and nurture both my personal life, as well as, my soccer program. In doing so, I have had the pleasure of coaching some of the finest young women during my time at Georgia College, they have taught me more than I have probably taught them. Their character, discipline and leadership are of the highest quality and they have helped me develop strong core values personally and professionally. My family and I have been blessed with an excellent community here in Baldwin County, one that has embraced and welcomed us and we will miss everyone."
In her nine seasons, the Bobcats have put 14 members on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Teams, including nine All-Region honorees and the program's second All-American and first PBC Player of the Year in Amanda Bartholomew (2018). Ally Barys (2015) was named Academic All-American in 2015. Clark has also coached 47 Peach Belt All-Academic Team selections.
Clark will take over compliance duties in the Enchanted Valley, her first foray into collegiate athletic administration.
"The Georgia College Department of Athletics wishes Hope Clark and her family all the best in the next chapter of their lives as they move to Young Harris College," said Staton. "She is destined to be an awesome administrator and this is a perfect opportunity. This is the right move at the right time for her career and she will have a great mentor in Young Harris Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton."
"We are very appreciative of her efforts with our soccer program as we have had an excellent balance of academic, community and athletic success. I am extremely proud of the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship recognition from the United Soccer Coaches over six of the last seven years. Under her leadership, we have had a plethora of outstanding student-athletes who have graduated from Georgia College and are doing great things in life. Our soccer program is in great shape and we have an exceptionally strong group of leaders in the program that will make for an ideal transition."
Georgia College will undergo a national search for the fourth Women's Soccer Coach in program history.
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