EC Grad Celebrates Div. II National Championship

EC Grad Celebrates Div. II National Championship
RICHMOND, Ind. — Since graduating from Earlham College in 2009, Tilmon Clark has been living the life of a football coach.

A work schedule filled with long hours of preparation was rewarded recently with a national championship.

"I have learned early in my career that you win with people," Clark said. "Earlham College is such a tight-knit community you really learn how to engage with people. I truly believe that has lead me to being successful with recruiting future student-athletes."

Clark is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach at Valdosta State University in Georgia. On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Blazers defeated Winston-Salem State University 35-7 to claim the NCAA Division II title in Florence, Ala.

"It really was a special day because our team executed in all facets of the game," Clark said. "Coaching on the defensive side of the ball we put together our best game of the season by holding a team that was averaging more than 40 points per game to only seven points with six turnovers."

"I know this is an opportunity that doesn’t just happen," Clark added. "This win is something I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Valdosta State ended the season with 10-game winning streak and a 12-2 record, after finishing 6-4 last year.

"It really hasn’t sunk in yet because of all the long hours over the past 14 weeks that we have put in as a staff and as a team," Clark said. "It feels like I should be preparing for the next game."

A native of Winchester, Ind., Clark was a football (2005-08) and baseball player at Earlham (2006-09). Prior to his time at Valdosta State, Clark was an assistant at Butler Community College in Kansas.

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