Bridgewater’s Clark retiring this spring, Lemn taking over as head coach

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:03 AM EST
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BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) — Bridgewater College’s Michael Clark will retire this spring following his 26th season as Bridgewater football head coach and his 41st year in collegiate coaching.

Current offensive coordinator Scott Lemn will take over as the Eagles’ new head coach.

Bridgewater College says Clark will direct the team through its five-game 2021 spring campaign before his retirement.

The Eagles open at Randolph-Macon on March 5. The season concludes on April 2 with an ODAC seeding game.

“Mike Clark’s impact on our athletic program goes beyond the football field,” said Bridgewater director of athletics Curt Kendall in a press release from Bridgewater College. “He raised the bar for both the football program and for all sports during his tenure at Bridgewater College. His teams have always performed at a high level and the 2001 season and Stagg Bowl performance is one that will be remembered for the ages. Mike has always been a team player in our department and has always supported others. He leaves his mark on the football program having mentored many young coaches and developed many more young men over his time at Bridgewater College. For that, he will be missed but not forgotten. We wish Mike the best in his retirement.”

Clark is the longest-tenured coach in Bridgewater College football history, and the longest-tenured active collegiate head coach in Virginia, the press release says. Clark won his sixth ODAC championship last season. The Eagles hosted a first-round tournament game and were ranked #20 in the postseason polls.

The release says Bridgewater recorded 10 of the conference’s 15 NCAA tournament victories and its only two final four appearances under Clark.

Lemn currently serves as Bridgewater College’s assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and tight ends coach. He is in his 11th year with the Eagles staff and second as a coordinator.

The release says in eight seasons as Bridgewater’s offensive line coach, Lemn held nine All-State selections on that unit. He directed the defensive line in his first season on the BC staff.

Lemn was a first-team All-American at James Madison in 2008 and was the Riminton Award winner as the nation’s top center while aiding the Dukes to an FCS semifinal appearance and a #1 ranking for much of that year, the press release says.

“It’s a great honor to be one who follows Coach Clark,” said Lemn in the release. “The mentorship he’s provided me has been invaluable. I’m really excited for the opportunity to work in an athletic department that’s devoted to winning and stands for the right things, and to do it in a place where I’ve been able to grow both professionally and in life.”

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