Elizabeth "Beth" Clark
Induction Year: 2007
Recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award
Elizabeth "Beth" Clark was a successful Yellowjacket athlete who built a distinguished career as an educator and highly regarded high school coach. She is inducted into the Hall of Fame as recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award, named for the university's legendary football coach.
As a member of the Yellowjacket women's basketball team, Ms. Clark completed her career in 1988 as the team's all-time assist leader with 411 and the single-season assist leader with 150. She played in 91 games - the third-highest in team history. She also competed on the Yellowjacket softball team.
At the time of her induction into the Hall of Fame, Ms. Clark had spent 17 years coaching girls' high school basketball and 16 years coaching volleyball at Hermantown, Minnesota. Her basketball teams had compiled a 241-174 record that included seven conference championships, six appearances in the section finals and two appearances in the state tournament. Her volleyball teams had posted a record of 280-145-11, with five conference championships, three appearances in the section finals and two trips to the state tournament.
In addition to coaching, Ms. Clark had taught physical education for 16 years at Hermantown Middle School before being named Activities Director of Hermantown High School in 2005.
A colleague noted that Ms. Clark has "consistently proven her knowledge and ability to develop fundamental skills, teach an understanding of a sport and motivate young females to excellence in athletic competition."