Fairport coach to be inducted into NYS Public High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame | News
A coach from Fairport is one of this year's inductees into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's(NYSPHSAA) Hall of Fame.
Gary Clark had an impact on Fairport athletics for over three decades. From 1975 through 1999, he complied a 286-30 career record as the boys swim coach and was 22-0 over two seasons as the girls' swim coach. Coach Clark led his teams to a combined 21 league championships, 20 Section V titles (including a streak of 18 consecutive boys titles), and saw his teams ranked #1 in New York State 15 times. He also saw 41 of his swimmers earn the coveted All-American status during their high school careers.
Over the years, Coach Clark enjoyed a number of honors for the success his teams enjoyed in the pool. On numerous occasions he was named Section V Coach of the Year and Gannett Newspapers High School Coach of the Year. He was honored with part of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, inducted into the Eastridge High School Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was inducted into the Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. In addition to his coaching contributions, Gary was also the Monroe County Swim Chairman, Section V Class A Meet Chairman, and a member of American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA).
Coach Clark graduated from Eastridge High School in Rochester in 1962 then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Brockport
Coach Clark and the five other inductees will be honored this summer at the NYSPHSAA’s Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Wednesday, August 3rd at the High Peaks in Lake Placid, NY. The Hall of Fame, sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. and Jostens, is mirrored after the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) program which recognizes individuals in the categories of athlete, coach, official, administrator and related contributor.