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Friday, May 20, 2005
FPU hires Clark Sheehy to coach Sunbirds men's basketball team

Clark Sheehy is the new men’s basketball coach at Fresno Pacific University. The announcement was made today by Athletic Director Dennis Janzen.

Sheehy (pronounced “she-high”) has been the assistant men’s coach at Texas State University in San Marcos, an NCAA Division I school, for the past five seasons.

“I am very pleased that Clark will be our new men’s basketball coach,” Janzen said.

“I think he is exactly what we need. He is young, energetic and motivated. As an assistant at Texas State, Clark's responsibilities grew each season. He is familiar with all aspects of the game, and his experience at the NCAA Division I level is a huge bonus. He comes to us with a terrific reputation.”

Sheehy is a 1999 graduate of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He was a three-year starter, averaged 12 points per game over his four-year career (1995-98) and earned All-Sooner Conference honors his junior and senior seasons.

Sheehy started his coaching career working summer basketball camps at JBU. He served as an assistant coach for the JBU women’s team in 1999, then served one season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II member Texas A&M University, Commerce, while he completed a master of education (physical education) degree. Sheehy then moved to Texas State, joining the Bobcats before the start of the 2000-01 season.

“Clark has been a loyal member of my staff since I came to Texas State University,” Bobcats Head Coach Dennis Nutt said recently. “He not only has an incredible work ethic but has people skills that have made him an asset to our program. He has been involved in every phase of our program and is a very good recruiter. Clark is a rising star in our profession.”

Jim Saia, University of Southern California assistant coach also praised Sheehy. “I consider Clark Sheehy one of the finest young coaches in the country,” Saia said. “He is a diligent worker and recruiter. He has done a great job at Texas State and is a great fit at Fresno Pacific.”

Sheehy follows Mark Yoder who resigned March 2 after seven seasons.

“This is a great challenge for me,” Sheehy said. “Having attended John Brown, I am very familiar with the NAIA, and I am thrilled to be returning to an overtly Christian environment. I am very excited about the opportunity to coach my own team in an area that has such a great basketball tradition and strong recruiting base. I know the Central San Joaquin Valley is blessed with a number of FPU grads who now coach in the area. They will be hearing from me as I plan to build the program around a nucleus of local players.”

Sheehy, who is 29 years of age and single, is the son of JBU men's basketball coach John Sheehy. The senior Sheehy guided the unseeded Golden Eagles to the NAIA National Division I Championship in March.

Clark Sheehy will begin recruiting immediately, and move to Fresno later this summer. He can be reached at: cs29@txstate.edu.

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report.

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