Published or Revised July 01, 2015
Coach Clark enters his 17th season as the Dragons’ skipper. Clark’s career with the Dragons has included six Regional Tournament appearances, 106 players transferred - 39 of those attending NCAA Division I schools, and seven players drafted into Major League Baseball (four of those in the top ten rounds).
Clark’s team returns ten players from the 2013 squad. This will open the door for the transfers and freshmen to step up and fill voids left from the strong transfer group of 2013.
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. 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 509-480 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 (24) and Jake (18).