Bill Clark has been more than the football coach at UAB. He served as the face of the university, rescued football from the garbage heap, and resuscitated it from cancellation by rallying unprecedented community support. In his departure, he leaves a new stadium, vastly upgraded facilities, and a perennial winning program. Unfortunately, the 54-year-old had to announce his 'retirement' on Friday June 24, due to back issues and says he has been told by doctors that he needs a spinal fusion. Clark's team was 9-4 last year and his career record at UAB is 49-26. Offensive Coordinator Bryant Vincent assumes the interim duties of head coach. Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent will serve as interim head coach.
Clark led the Blazers to two Conference USA Championships and the first two bowl game victories in program history.
After signing on as head coach in 2014 and leading the team to bowl eligibility, the program was abruptly shuttered by the school for lack of funding. Clark fought for its return and garnered support from his players who hung around to hit the field in 2017 when UAB finished 8-5 in its first year back and has been bowl eligible in every season under his direction.