By Dr. Brandon Spradley |
This article is part of a larger project by the United States Sports Academy and the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association that captures the historical significance of the memories and feelings of African Americans who played sports and lived in the Mobile area during the time of segregation. You can take a look at the project here.
This article highlights William Clark, a former athlete and coach at Mobile County Training School (MTCS). Clark attended MCTS from 1953-1957. He received a football scholarship to play quarterback at Dillard University and graduated in 1961.
Clark held a variety of positions throughout his career. His first job was teaching and working with his former coach Charles Rhodes at MCTS. He was the assistant coach on the 1966/67 state championship football team and served as the head basketball coach for his alma mater.
He played an integral part in impacting the city of Mobile (Alabama) and its surrounding African American communities in areas such as education, athletics, and politics. Clark served on the Board of Trustees at the United States Sports Academy. In addition, he served 26 years in the Alabama House of Representatives, District 98.
Here are two videos that highlight William Clark’s legacy:
Dr. Brandon Spradley is the chair of sports management at the United States Sports Academy. He recently discussed issues related to the rise of eSports in the sports profession.
Coach William Clark with MCTS basketball team. #50 Jermiah Dubose, #15 Willie Green, #25 Theodore Spradley, #40 Willie Spradley, #30 Donald Blackston, Charlie Square (Trainee), #35 Larry Shears, #10 McCarl Bennet, #5 Norman Hill, #20 Elbert Campbell, #45 Jeremiah William United States Sports Academy