|Alma Mater:||Texas A&M '07|
Dustin Clark is entering his seventh year with the Maryland men’s basketball program and was promoted to assistant coach on Mark Turgeon’s staff on November 27, 2013. He previously served as Maryland’s director of basketball operations during his first two seasons at College Park.
As a key member of the Terps’ coaching staff in 2014-15, Clark led Maryland to a school record 26 regular season wins in its inaugural season in the Big Ten and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The following season (2015-16), Clark played an instrumental role in the Terps capturing 27 wins as Maryland advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 13 seasons.
During his tenure, Maryland has won 138 games, marking the most victories for a coaching staff in their first six years in program history. The Terps have won 79 games the past three seasons, adding up to the second-most wins in school history over a three-year span. Clark has helped lead the Terps to three 24-plus regular season-win seasons, while the Terrapins were also ranked in the Associated Press top-25 for 36 consecutive weeks, including 20 weeks in the top-10.
“Dustin has been an integral member of my staff at both Maryland and Texas A&M,” Turgeon said. “He is a tireless worker on the recruiting trail and a talented coach who has thrived as an assistant coach and has helped our program continue its ascension to the next level.”
As an assistant coach with the Terps, Clark has played a major role in Maryland securing five straight Top 25 recruiting classes, including a pair of Top 10 classes (2014 and 2016).
The energetic Clark led the recruiting efforts for guard Dion Wiley, ranked No. 52 in the nation and third-best recruit out of the state of Maryland and forward Michal Cekovsky, who was a four-star recruit on multiple national websites.
Clark signed guard Jaylen Brantley, ranked the 12th-best JUCO player in America by Next Up Recruits in 2014. In addition, Clark signed Richaud Pack, who provided strong leadership and a defensive presence for the Terps in 2014-15.
Most recently, he oversaw the recruitment of a pair of four-star 2016 recruits: guard Kevin Huerter, ranked 40th overall prospect by ESPN and a member of the USA Basketball U18 team and guard Anthony Cowan, ranked No. 45 overall prospect by Rivals and the Washington Post All-Met Sports Player of the Year.
In 2016, Clark also recruited a pair of incoming freshman forwards: Micah Thomas, who garnered Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee - 2-AA Division and Joshua Tomaic,a member of the U18 Spanish National Team and the first Canary Islands prospect to sign with a top 25 Division I program in the United States.
Additionally, Clark played a pivotal role in recruiting graduate transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, who joined the Terps in his final collegiate season and made an immediate impact in College Park, averaging 11.3 points and 3.5 assists per game in 2015-16. After the Terps’ success with Sulaimon, Clark recently directed the recruitment of L.G. Gill - a graduate transfer from Duquesne who was a productive player during his three seasons with the Dukes.
On the court, Clark helped tutor a trio of All-Big Ten performers in guard/forward Dez Wells (first team/ coaches), guard Melo Trimble (first team/media) and forward Jake Layman (third team/media) in 2014-15. The following season (2015-16), Clark helped Trimble (second team), center Diamond Stone (third team) and Robert Carter Jr., Layman and Sulaimon (honorable mention) each earn All-Big Ten honors. In June 2016, Stone and Layman were selected in the second round in the NBA Draft, Stone was tabbed 40th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers and Layman was selected 47th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Clark spent five seasons with the Texas A&M basketball program. After serving as an athletics assistant for three years, he was the team administrator in the 2010-11 season. During his five seasons, the Aggies won 124 games, produced three NBA draft picks and had Turgeon earn back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year honors. Clark helped develop Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Donald Sloan (formerly of the Brooklyn Nets).
His duties included on-campus recruiting, coordination of recruiting correspondence, academic quality control and student-athlete affairs. Clark was the director of the Mark Turgeon Basketball Camp, as well as a coordinator for the Texas A&M Elite and Junior Elite camps. He also played a key role in helping the Aggies land multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes. In addition, he was instrumental in securing a pair of top 100 players; Tobi Oyedeji (Houston, Texas) and Jamal Branch (Arlington, Texas).
In 2008, the Aggies won the Preseason NIT and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the closing seconds to top-seeded UCLA. A&M closed the next regular season on a six-game winning streak and again reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2010, Texas A&M reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite playing the second-toughest schedule in the nation. A year ago, the Aggies exploded to a 16-1 start, the best at the school in 91 years and earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.
A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Clark received his degree from Texas A&M in 2007. Clark graduated from Avalon High School, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.
2013-pres. - Assistant Coach, Maryland
2011-13 - Director of Basketball Operations, Maryland
2010-11 - Team Administrator, Texas A&M
2007-10 - Athletic Assistant, Texas A&M
2006-07 - Student Assistant, Texas A&M