There have been several changes in the sports department at Notre Dame High School in Utica. More recently, the men’s basketball head coach resigned for personal reasons and the school has already appointed an interim coach.

The newly appointed interim head coach is no stranger to Notre Dame or any of their basketball teams. Pete Clark graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2008 and has been involved in the school on and off since leaving as a student. Most recently, Clark was an assistant coach of the women’s varsity basketball team under Gabby Coffey.

Clark tells WIBX,

I feel blessed and proud to become the head basketball coach of my alma mater. It has always been a dream to be back at Notre Dame, to follow in the footsteps of one of my coach mentors Durr and to be able to carry on the great tradition of being a juggler of Notre Dame. Helping shape my players into great young men is an honor and a privilege.

In a letter to the school community on Wednesday morning, Director General Roy Kane made the announcement by writing,

Coach Clark is a member of the ND Class of 2008 as well as a key member of the Notre Dame men’s varsity basketball team. He then went on to have a very successful college basketball career at HCCC, where he became a two-time regional champion.

Clark was also an assistant coach of the Herkimer College women’s team for 5 seasons and an assistant softball coach for 2 seasons. Pete is also a member of the American Basketball Association’s new team, the Herkimer Originals.

Kane also writes in his letter,

I had the pleasure of knowing Peter and his family (George his father, Barb his mother and Dan, ND class of 2005) during my tenure at Notre Dame as a teacher and administrator. Inside and outside the classroom. I could not support Peter as a representative of the qualities that we adopt in a student-athlete as well as as a role model adult.

Good luck to Clark and his varsity men’s team going forward this season.

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