Published or Revised September 24, 2013
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).
Coach Steed is now in his third year as the Dragons’ assistant coach. In 2013 the Dragons won over 30 games, finishing with a 31-24 and a great show in the regional tournament for the second straight year, beating the number one hitting team in the region (Alvin) and taking eventual champion Navarro into 13 innings. Steed’s pitching staff finished second in the conference in ERA and top five in the region that year.
Returning LHP Callaway Kirkpatrick won First Team All-Conference and closer Jared Fielden won Second Team All-Conference while leading the league in saves. Brewer Money and Kirkpatrick will represent the pitching staff in this year’s Texas-New Mexico All Star Game. All of the six sophomore pitchers signed with four year schools, three at the Division 1 level.
Last summer Steed coached in the Texas Showcase League’s Collegiate Baseball League in Dallas. The previous summer he was head coach for the Melville Millionaires organization in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL). Steed’s team won second place in their division and made the playoffs, also placing three players on the All Star team. There he also won the 2012 League Executive Award for Coach of the Year.
In his first season with the Dragons, Steed was a part of a Dragon team that finished with a record of 27-25, 19-15 in Conference play. Steed’s pitching staff maintained the third best ERA in the league with a 3.45 striking out over 200 batters.
He played two years for Northeast Texas Community College, with 18 wins in two years. His sophomore year he was 10-2 with a 1.98 ERA and was First Team All-Conference, helping the Eagles to a conference championship. Steed went on to play at the Division I level with the UTA Mavericks.
He played four years in the minor leagues, where he was a two time All-Star. In 2006 he was the Pitcher of the Year for the Edinburg Coyotes, winning the Era title in the United League and starting the All-Star game.
His father, Billy Steed, has coached for over 20 years and is currently the head basketball coach at Paris High School. His father coached Steed his whole life and he attributes everything that he has been taught athletically to his father. His mother Kim Steed has been the store manager at the Belk department store in Paris for 12 years, and he credits her for instilling Christian values in him and being the rock of the family. Sister Brittney Steed graduated from Stephen F. Austin University and is the assistant varsity basketball coach at Cooper High School. Steed also has a four-year old daughter, Brooklyn Steed.
Steed graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.