Boilermakers are set to open their 125th year of football on Sept. 1.
Shawn Clark is in his fourth season as offensive line coach. He was named to the position Dec. 1, 2008.
In 2011, Clark's offensive line cleared the way for a running game that produced 11 100-yard rushing games in 13 contests, including 393 yards against Southeast Missouri and 265 yards against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Tackle Dennis Kelly earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades. Kelly was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and guard Nick Mondek by the Houston Texans in the sixth round to mark the first time since 2007 two Purdue linemen were picked in the same draft.
In 2010, Clark's linemen helped pave the way for a Boilermaker rushing attack that finished with five straight games with 200 or more yards on the ground, a feat that had been accomplished at Purdue only twice before. Center Peters Drey, tackle Dennis Kelly and guard Ken Plue all garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades.
In 2009, the Boilermakers allowed 20 sacks - fourth-fewest in the Big Ten - while attempting 449 passes - second-most in the conference. Tackle Zach Jones, guard Ken Plue and center Jared Zwilling each were named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Clark joined the Boilermakers from Eastern Kentucky, where he coached the offensive line from 2003 to 2008. He worked under current Purdue head coach Danny Hope for the first five of those six seasons.
In Clark's tenure at Eastern Kentucky, nine offensive linemen earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, including three in 2007. He coached three All-Americans and three future National Football League players: Larry Turner of the St. Louis Rams, Sean Dumford of the Baltimore Ravens and Derek Hardman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2008 Colonels posted an 8-4 record, won their second straight and 20th overall conference championship and made their 19th appearance in the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs, tied for the most in the nation.
Clark was a graduate assistant at Louisville in 2001 and 2002, working alongside Hope the second year.
A four-year starting offensive lineman at Appalachian State, Clark earned All-Southern Conference honors three times and was an All-American in 1996 and 1998. He was sidelined the entire 1997 season with a back injury.
A native of Charleston, W.Va., Clark (born Aug. 16, 1975) earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State in 1998 and a master's in education from Louisville in 2003. He is married to the former Jonelle Csora, who was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky Hall of Fame as a softball player in 2008. The couple has a daughter, Giana, and a son, Braxton.