Pat Clarke, a former assistant under Jim Baron at Rhode Island and at St. Bonaventure, was elevated to interim head coach on May 20, 2016 after long-time head coach Jim Baron announced his retirement from coaching.
Clark is in his fourth year 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.
At Canisius, Clarke works with the team's frontcourt players and he is responsible for helping create the team's non-conference schedule. In addition to scheduling and recruiting, he handles scouting of future opponents and he also oversees the program's academic progress. In the last three seasons, Clarke has been part of a coaching staff that has helped lead the Blue and Gold to three-straight winning seasons and three consecutive CIT appearances. Canisius' 59 victories with Clarke on staff since 2012-13 rank as the second-most wins in the MAAC.
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.