Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Rodney Clarke is entering his 4th season as an Assistant Coach for the Patriot Men’s Basketball program.
Clarke, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of University of the Cumberlands (then Cumberland College) in 2004 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement and Leisure Studies. During his time here at Cumberlands, Clarke and his team made three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament in 2001, 2002, and 2003. As a player, his team tallied a record of 72-29 in Clarke’s three seasons.
After his playing days were over, Clarke took to the coaching ranks where he coached at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama. While at John Carroll for three seasons, Clarke helped guide the Cavaliers to an astonishing 106-17 record. Clarke has also coached two NCAA Division I athletes including Ryan Fitch from West Alabama and Alabama standout Andrew Steele.
Clarke and the Patriots have earned three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In the national tournament, the 2015 team made it to the Sweet 16, while the 2016 team made it to the Elite 8.
Coach Clarke is a father of three, Tyler (17) and twins, Versailles and Zharion (14).