Former Mott assistant Dave Clarke has built Owens Community College into a formidable program

December 11, 2012 in JUCO

By Patrick Hayes

Dave Clarke spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Mott Community College. Now in his second season as the head coach at Owens Community College in Ohio, Clarke’s team snapped Mott’s 27-game winning streak last week on Flint’s home floor. Clarke talked with Jared Field of Great Lakes Hoops about how his experience on Steve Schmidt‘s staff helped him as a coach:

“I had a great two years at Mott,” he said. “Coach Schmidt let me do a lot when it came to dealing with practice, recruiting or handling players. That experience has made me a better coach. I also learned a lot from Coach Schmidt on how to motivate. He does a great job when it comes to motivating his players to play hard.”

Clarke also shares Schmidt’s attitude toward scheduling; beginning with the end in mind is what’s important.

“I want my players to believe they can win every game we play,” Clarke said. “We play an extremely tough non-conference and conference schedule in preparation for the postseason.”

Owens is 9-5 so far this season and the team has a definite Michigan flavor — leading scorers Justin Edmonds (Albion High School) and James Kelly (Ann Arbor Pioneer) are both native Michiganders. Kalamazoo native Tony Boykins and Detroit native Markese Allen are also on the roster.

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