Published or Revised June 16, 2016
Coach Clark enters his 19th season as the Dragons’ skipper. Clark’s career with the Dragons has included six Regional Tournament appearances, 114 players transferred - 54 of those attending NCAA Division I schools, and nine players drafted into Major League Baseball (four of those in the top ten rounds).
Clark’s team returns seven players from the 2015 squad. This will open the door for the transfers and freshmen to step up and fill voids left from the strong transfer group of 2015 led by two All Americans, Logan Sepanek (Flower Mound Marcus HS) and Garrett Dodd (McKinney HS).
The successes of the Paris Junior College program are directly related to the athletes and their commitment and pride within our program. This determination has been reflected not only to our on-the-field success, but in the classroom as well. Once again Paris added two Academic All Americans from the 2015 squad in Austin McDaniel (Flower Mound HS) and Jake Oden (Pine Tree HS). Coach Clark has a great deal of respect and pride in all the players who have sacrificed their time and energy to create such a strong and successful baseball program.
Clark began his coaching career in the spring of 1987 as he joined Norm Debriyn’s Arkansas Razorbacks team. The team earned a fifth place finish in the NCAA College World Series. Following the ‘88 season at Arkansas, Clark moved to Dallas, Texas, where he became the pitching coach for Northwood University. After three NAIA Regional Tournament appearances with the Knights, Clark then moved to San Jacinto College as an assistant coach to Chris Rupp.
Following three seasons with the Gators, Clark then landed his first head coaching job with the Bulldogs of Texarkana College. Two NJCAA Regional Appearances and three seasons later, Deron earned the post as head coach of his alma mater Paris Junior College.
Clark’s career record is currently 572 - 553 as he eclipsed the 500 career mark during the 2013 campaign by defeating Eastfield College 10-0 at Hub Hollis Field.
Deron and his wife Saundra have two children, Katie (26) and Jake (20).
Clay Cox comes to PJC from the University of West Alabama. In 2015, he helped lead the Tigers to a 42-11 (26-6) record, a Gulf South Conference regular season title and GSC tournament championship. The Tigers were ranked seventh in the country and set a school record in winning percentage (.792). UWA had a Division 2 best and school record 20-game win streak.
While Cox coached infielders, the Tigers set a school record for fielding percentage (.967) which was ranked tenth nationally. UWA finished in the top three in their conference in (Batting Avg, Runs, Hits, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, Slug %, BB, SB). UWA was also ranked 25th nationally with 53 HR’s. Cox coached 11 all-conference selections, 1 GSC Player of the Year, 5 all-region selections, 3 All-Americans, and 2 MLB draft picks while at UWA.
Cox spends his summers coaching with the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League. There he helped lead the Bombers to back-to-back-to-back TCL titles. The Bombers finished 2015 with a record of 45-9 winning the regular season, TCL title and finished ranked 3rd nationally. The Bombers finished 2014 with a 45-15 record, a TCL title and finished ranked 5th in the nation. Cox was selected to the Texas Collegiate League North All-Star coaching staff in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He has helped the Bombers lead the league in ERA, Batting Average and fielding % in both seasons as well. Cox has coached eight Major League draft picks with Brazos Valley.
Prior to UWA, Cox coached at Rockdale High School, where he was the head varsity baseball coach for two seasons. Over that time Rockdale won more games than in any other two year span in school history. Under Cox, Rockdale set school records for win streak (11), stolen bases in a single game (20) and stolen bases in a season (135). He coached two all-star selections, four all-state choices, seven academic all-district selections and three academic all-state honorees.
Prior to Rockdale, Cox was the head baseball coach at Jacksboro High School. He also had coaching stops at James Bowie High School in Simms.
His career totals as a prep head coach include 16 all-district selections, nine all-state choices and five all-star selections. He twice produced the 3A Baseball “Hitter of the Week” by TxHighSchoolBaseball.com.
Cox earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2008 with a minor in coaching. He holds two masters degrees: a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Teaching – Physical Education from the University of West Alabama in 2015.