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Brett Clark joins Marcos Austin as head wrestling coaches at Bakersfield College

Brett Clark (left) and Marcus Austin will head up the Bakersfield College Renegade wrestling program
Brett Clark (left) and Marcus Austin will head up the Bakersfield College Renegade wrestling program
Photo of Brett Clark from Mira Monte HS; Bakersfield College logo and Marcus Austin photo courtesy of Bakersfield College, used with permission

Bakersfield College has hired Brett Clark as one of two head coaches for its wrestling program, the two-year community college in Bakersfield, Calif. announced Thursday.

“Clark, a Bakersfield High graduate and former standout wrestler at BC, will join with another ex-BC wrestler, Marcos Austin, to oversee the Renegades' wrestling program,” the “Bakersfield Californian” newspaper reported. The official wrestling website lists Clark and Austin as co-head coaches of the wrestling squad.

Together, Clark and Austin will replace former BC wrestling coach Bill Kalivas. Until Saturday, Austin had been listed at the official Bakersfield College wrestling website as a member of the coaching staff, as a “grappling specialist.”

Clark, who had served as an assistant to coach Kalivas in the past, was Mira Monte High School's head football and head wrestling coach. Clark remains a teacher at Mira Monte but will no longer be coaching there.

Clark is one of a number of new coaching hires announced by Bakersfield College interim athletic director Sandi Taylor. Other Renegade sports programs gaining new coaches include women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis coaches, and men’s and women’s golf coaches. Taylor made clear that all new head coaches are considered adjunct faculty and will not be teaching in the physical education department.

"The coaching staff is complete for this year, other than some assistant coaches that might come on," Taylor said. "We're in good shape with our staffing."

Founded in 1913, Bakersfield College describes itself as being “one of the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges.” The two-year college serves 15,000 students on three separate campuses in the Bakersfield area. Its sports teams -- the Renegades -- compete against other community colleges in California.

Bakersfield College is a not affiliated with Cal State Bakersfield, a four-year university officially named California State University-Bakersfield (CSUB), which is also located in the city of Bakersfield. Cal State Bakersfield’s wrestling program and other sports teams are the Roadrunners, which compete in NCAA Division I. Stephen Neal, two-time NCAA heavyweight champ, 1999 World freestyle gold medalist, and retired right guard for the NFL New England Patriots, wrestled for the CSUB Roadrunners in the 1990s.

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