Destiny Clark Joins YSU Volleyball Staff

Destiny Clark
Destiny Clark

Destiny Clark has joined the Youngstown State volleyball staff as an assistant coach, Penguins head coach Aline Scott announced on Monday.

Clark comes to Youngstown after spending the 2018 season as an assistant at Providence College. She also has three years of head coaching experience at Division II Newman University on her resume.

"I'm extremely excited to join the Youngstown State family and can't wait to help Coach Scott achieve her vision for the volleyball program," Clark said, "I have a great amount of respect for her, and I know this is a place I can grow both as a coach and a person. I look forward to working with the team and getting some big wins this year!"

Clark spent the 2015-17 seasons as head coach of the women's volleyball program at Newman University (NCAA Division II) in Wichita, Kan. She guided Newman to 20-plus wins in two of her three seasons at the helm, including a school-record 26 victories in 2015 (26-9). Newman qualified for the Heartland Conference tournament in two of her three seasons, marking two of the program's four appearances all-time, since attaining NCAA Division II status. Clark earned Newman University Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Clark coached three first-team all-conference players and the Heartland Conference Setter of the Year and Player of the Year in 2015, and she had five additional first-team honorees in her tenure. Middle blocker Ashley Gonzalez earned AVA honorable Mention All-America accolades in 2015 as she ranked fourth in the country kills.

In addition to her responsibilities as head coach of the women's volleyball team at Newman, she also served as the team's strength coach, designing and implementing workouts for the volleyball program.

At Providence in 2018, Clark was responsible for planning and running practices for the Friars. She was also charged with scouting opponents and implementing game plans for upcoming matches as well as recruiting. On the individual level, senior middle blocker Allison Impellizeri earned Second-Team All-Big East honors after leading the Friars with 326 kills and 86 blocks.

Clark has also coached the Shockwave Volleyball Club (2015-18) and served as head varsity volleyball coach at Wichita Collegiate School (2013-15) and coach for the ICT MAVS Volleyball Club (2013-15).

Clark earned a bachelor's of science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 2009. She earned a master's degree in exercise science, with an emphasis in biomechanics, from the University of Arkansas in 2010. She also is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

Clark enjoyed an impressive career at the University of Arkansas. She served as team captain in 2008 and was a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team as a rookie. She also represented her team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).