Pat Clarke, a former assistant under Jim Baron at Rhode Island and at St. Bonaventure, is entering his second year on Baron's staff here at Canisius. A 1992 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Clarke served as Rhode Island's director of basketball operations before being moved into a full-time coaching role prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.
Clarke was a part of the Canisius coaching staff in 2012-13 which helped turn the Golden Griffins around, as the Blue and Gold posted a 20-14 overall record, the program's first 20-win season since 2000-01. Clarke, who handles scheduling for the Canisius program, was also on the bench as the team advanced to the CIT quarterfinal round in March 2013, Canisius' first postseason berth since 1996.
In his years on the sidelines at URI, the Rams posted some of the most successful years in the history of the program, totaling more than 100 victories while making multiple postseason tournament appearances. The Rams advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship game in 2007 and made three straight trips to the NIT from 2008-10, including a trip to Madison Square Garden as a semifinalist in the 2010 NIT.
A native of Olean, N.Y., Clarke began working with Baron at St. Bonaventure, where he served as the team's director of basketball operations during the 1999-00 season before moving with Baron to Rhode Island. Clarke was responsible for nearly all aspects of the Rams' basketball program, including scheduling, on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, opponent scouting, and game preparation. In 1999, Clarke left his longtime post as coach and athletic director at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean to join Baron's staff at St. Bonaventure. In 2000, the Bonnies earned their first NCAA bid in 22 years and finished with a 21-10 record. St. Bonaventure followed up that success by posting an 18-12 record and earning an NIT invitation in 2001.
At Archbishop Walsh, Clarke spent 11 years (1988-99) as athletic director, chair of the physical education department and head coach for baseball, softball, football and boy's basketball programs. His basketball teams went 151-102 (.597), highlighted by an undefeated regular season in 1990, a trip to the New York State Championship in 1991 and a conference title in 1996.
Clarke and his wife Kristin have three children, daughters, Maura and Molly, and son Michael.