A crowd gathered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Friday, Dec. 14 to greet award-winning UAB football coach Bill Clark and his team as they left for their upcoming bowl game. They meet Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 18.
In addition to leading the UAB Blazers to the Conference USA championship this year, Clark has amassed several awards himself – the latest as 2018 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year. The University of Alabama‘s Nick Saban, Notre Dame‘s Brian Kelly and Nebraska coach Scott Frost are all past recipients of the top coach (Eddie Robinson) award. Clark will accept his trophy Jan. 5 at a reception in San Jose, California, just two days before the College Football Playoff National Championship.
This year, Clark led UAB to a 10-3 record – the first double-digit win total in program history. The team amassed an 8-5 record in 2017, the first year back after the program had been discontinued.
Clark spoke with the media before boarding the bus headed to Florida.