J.P. Clark Heading from UCF Staff to the NBA

GO KNIGHTS J.P. Clark is joining the Boston Celtics' player development staff.
J.P. Clark is joining the Boston Celtics' player development staff.

Sept. 12, 2012

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - For J.P. Clark, there was no better place than UCF to get his coaching career rolling. As a result of the skills that he honed during his two years working alongside head coach Donnie Jones and the rest of the UCF staff, Clark is quickly moving up the coaching ladder.

After spending the 2011-12 campaign as UCF's assistant director of operations, Clark is now headed to the NBA where he will work in player development for the Boston Celtics.

"I am so appreciative of the opportunity to work with coach Jones and the entire coaching staff at UCF," Clark said. "I learned so much from the staff and enjoyed coming to work every day. I am very excited about the new opportunity, but I will always be a UCF Knight."

Clark continued a family tradition at UCF. His father Bo was a three-time All-America selection for the Knights in the 1970s and is the program's all-time leading scorer. Clark's late grandfather, Torchy, was the school's first men's basketball head coach and led UCF to 274 victories from 1969-83. His uncle Mike starred for the program from 1969-72. Bo, Mike and Torchy are members of the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame.

During his time on the UCF staff, J.P. Clark managed video coordination, assisted with team travel and helped direct the program's summer camps. Clark earned his master's degree from UCF in 2011 in sports leadership and coaching. He served as a graduate manager for the Knights in 2010-11.

"We are so excited for J.P. and know that he will enjoy great success with the Celtics. J.P. has a bright future ahead of him in coaching and is a great addition to the Celtics' staff," Jones said. "He filled a valuable role with our program and will always be a part of the UCF basketball family."