Published or Revised September 15, 2014
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 fourth year as the Dragons’ assistant coach. He spent the last two summers coaching in the TSL-Collegiate 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, making the playoffs and placing three players on the All Star team. Steed also won the 2012 League Executive Award for Coach of the Year.
In 2014 the Dragons won the Region XIV Conference Championship for the first time in school history in route to their third straight regional tournament appearance, another first for the Dragons. The Dragon pitching staff set the Conference record for lowest Team ERA with a 1.73. They had 347 strikeouts and only 152 walks. In 403 innings they held their opponents to only 371 hits. The staff produced Region XIV Pitcher of the Year Callaway Kirkpatrick (Marshall University) with the second lowest ERA in Conference history at 0.90. Callaway also set the record for most innings pitched with 69.1. Freshman of the Year Cannon Chadwick (University of Arkansas), with a 1.20 ERA, held the Conference record for most innings pitched with 67.1 for one day until counterpart Callaway Kirkpatrick broke that record and All Conference Pitcher Heston Van Fleet (Marshall University) with a 2.16 ERA to round out the rotation. Joe Farley (Lamar University) and All Star Brewer Money (Lamar University) were catalysts out of the bullpen, both recording four saves. The Dragon staff also tied for the most saves in the region with 14, led by Clay Deen (Texas A&M University) with five. The Dragons had eight pitchers sign with four-year schools and seven out of eight were at the Division 1 level.
In 2013 the Dragons won over 30 games finishing with a 31-24 and a great show in the regional tournament. Steeds pitching staff finished second in the conference in ERA and Top 5 in the region on the year. 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 Callaway Kirkpatrick represented the pitching staff in the 2013 TX-NM All Star Game. Out of the six sophomore pitchers on the staff all six signed with four-year schools, three at the Division 1 level.
In his first season with the Dragons, Steed helped the Dragons end the season with a winning record of 27-25 and 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. Steed placed two pitchers on the all conference team as well as two pitchers on the TX-NM All Star game this fall.
As a player Steed spent two years at Northeast Texas CC, accumulating 18 wins in two years. His sophomore year he was 10-2 with a 1.98 ERA and voted First Team All-Conference, where he led the Eagles to a conference championship. From there Steed went on to play at the Division I level with the UTA Mavericks.
Steed continued on at the Professional level playing four years in the minor leagues, where he was a two time All-Star. His best year came in 2006 when 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.
Steed graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a bachelor degree in Kinesiology. Steed and his wife Ashley were married in 2014. Steed also has a daughter, Brooklyn Steed.