De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean Clark as the next leader of the Pilots’ ice hockey program.
Clark takes over from Craig Staskowski, who resigned in March after leading the Pilots to a MHSAA Division 3 state championship in his first year.
Over the past three seasons, Clark has been an associate coach for the Oakland Junior Grizzlies, most recently at the U18 AAA level. In a way, Clark will be returning to De La Salle. In 2013, he coached several De La Salle students to a fall league championship as part of the Eastside Pilots organization.
A graduate of Brother Rice High School (‘99), Sean is a native of Royal Oak. He played a season for the Warriors before moving on to play college hockey for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he was a four-year starter and was twice named team captain of the BluGolds. In addition to being named All-WIAC Academic three times, Clark earned a bachelor degree in Operations and Material Management with a certificate in Leadership.
After graduation, Clark had a short stint with the Bakersfield (CA) Condors of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Since retiring from professional hockey, Sean has worked as a successful coach, general manager and director of player development in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In addition, Clark has held posts as the director of scouting for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) and was the assistant director of central scouting for the USHL for two years. As a coach of the Michigan Jaguars (NAHL), his team captured the U18 Tier II National Championship.
In his time with the Oakland Junior Grizzlies, Sean has a proven track record of effectively teaching situational hockey, developing individual skills and evaluation of talent. In fact, his U18 team this year finished ranked 3rd nationally. During his tenure with the Grizzlies, ten players earned NCAA Division 1 scholarships.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Sean Clark join our already outstanding coaching staff here at De La Salle,” remarked Mike Watson, DLS Director of Athletics. “Sean understands our mission and values. He understands Catholic education and he certainly understands championship-level hockey. He is extremely organized, establishes high standards and holds his players accountable.”
Clark, his wife, Mallory and five-month old daughter, Ella-Rose reside in Warren. Sean is employed by the Ciity of Warren as the Associate Manager of Public Works.
“My family and I are honored to be part of the De La Salle community. I look forward to continuing the recent success of the hockey team and building a program that De La Salle students, alumni, faculty and supporters can be proud of.”
There will be a special introduction and reception for coach Clark on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the DLS Commons. All, current players, families, alumni, staff and public are welcome.
Sean Clark “By the Numbers”
- 2007 U18 Tier II National Championship (Michigan Jaguars Coach)
- 15 NHL Draft Picks during (Omaha Lancers)
- 14 Oakland Junior Grizzlies players drafted in USHL (2015 and 2016)
- 10 Former Oakland Junior Grizzlies committed NCAA Division 1 scholarship players
- 6 Former Lancer draft picks, and 2 former Oakland Junior Grizzlies currently on 2017 NHL Central Scouting Final List
- 1 Former Oakland Junior Grizzlies participating in U18 World Championships
De La Salle Collegiate High School is an all boys, private Catholic High School, conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The school was founded in 1926.
De La Salle is located in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb located in Macomb County. The school offers a college prep curriculum. De La Salle’s athletic teams are called the Pilots, and all 13 varsity sports compete as part of the Catholic High School League (CHSL), operated by the Archdiocese of Detroit. De La Salle has captured 14 Michigan State titles in all sports and lives by its motto: “Builders of Boys, Makers of Men.” For more information on this story or any other athletic department matter, please contact Mike Watson, Director of Athletics at 586.541.6229, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.