Associate Head Coach
From November issue of Commodore Nation
By Ryan Schulz
Commodores earn points in two events and stand in seventh place.
VU scores win in 400 hurdles, places second in high jump and pole vault.
Annual Vanderbilt Invitational to be held at Vanderbilt Track Friday and Saturday.
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Clark Humphreys -- who joined the Commodores coaching staff in July of 2005 and was named associate head coach of the track program in 2015 -- has helped lead the Vanderbilt track team to new heights during his tenure.
Working primarily with field athletes competing in the pole vault, jumps and multi-events, Humphreys has been influential in helping a large collection of athletes harness their potential and gain national honors.
“Coach Humphreys does an outstanding job of helping our athletes be all they can be,” said Vanderbilt head Steve Keith, “and often he has helped them reach levels of success that they didn’t even realize they were capable of reaching.”
Over the past three seasons, Humphreys has worked diligently with Simone Charley, and has helped her become one of the top triple-jumpers in the nation -- and arguably the most decorated female athlete in Vanderbilt history.
Charley is a four-time first team All-American, including earning the honor during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2015-16 campaign, and has continuously set new school records in her event.
During the summer of 2016, Charley’s career reached a new level when she participated in two prestigious events. In early July, the standout from Hoover, Ala., competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Roughly two weeks later, she represented the USA at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Charley earned First Team All-American honors during the 2014-15 indoor season, and then did so again during the outdoor season, breaking her own school record on multiple occassions during both phases of the season. She capped her year with a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she produced the best series of her career, including a school-record leap of 44-3.25 in the finals. Months earlier, she finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, posting a leap of 43-2.25.
Clark also helped guide pole vaulter Sarah Bell and high jumper Ellie Tidman to memorable seasons in 2014-15. Bell and Tidman both qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regionals to cap their impressive campaigns. Bell scored points for the Commodores by finishing among the Top-8 at the SEC Outdoor Championships, and Tidman scored for VU at the SEC Indoor Championships.
During the 2013-14 season, Clark played a key role in Charley’s emergence during her freshman campaign, and also helped Bell produce a breakout season in the pole vault.
Charley earned All-American Second Team honors after finishing ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She also earned a third-place finish at the USATF Junior event, where she broke her own school record and set a lifetime personal best with a mark of 43-2.50. She missed qualifying for the IAAF World Championships by just one centimeter. Charley, who is also a star soccer player, set a new school record in the triple jump early in the season, and then went on to break her own mark five times, including doing so at the NCAA East Preliminaries.
During the indoor season, Charley qualified for the NCAA Championships and broke her own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 43-1 on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla. She also earned a fifth-place finish and scored four points for the Commodores at the SEC Championships, where she broke her own school record, twice.
Humpreys was also influential in steering Bell to an outstanding season in the pole vault. Bell, who earned a spot on the SEC’s All-Freshmen Team, set a new school record in the pole vault at the SEC Championships, then broke her own mark at the NCAA East Preliminary by clearing 13-03.5. She cleared 13-01.50 at the SEC Championships to finish in a tie for fifth place and score 3.5 points for the Commodores. During the indoor season, Bell broke her own school record by clearing 13-6.25 at the SEC Championships.
In 2014,Humpreys helped mentor the first All-American track athlete at Vanderbilt since 2005, as he guided Brionne Williams to second team honors in the high jump during the 2013 indoor track season. Williams reached the NCAA Indoor Championships with a top jump of 1.83 meters (six feet) during the year, before finishing 15th in the nation.
Humphreys also helped Williams and Ellie Tidman to reach the NCAA East Preliminary Round for the second consecutive season. The duo has been among the most consistent performers since arriving on West End. The 2012 campaign saw four of Humphreys’ competitors advance to the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Megan Martin and Morgan Toone were both postseason competitors in the pole vault, while Tidman and Williams competed in the high jump.
The course of the season saw Martin become the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault at the respective SEC Championships. She set the indoor mark of 3.95 meters, before posting an outdoor mark of 3.97 meters.
During the 2010 season, Humphreys coached Buky Bamigboye to the NCAA Championship meet in the heptathlon. In addition to setting a school record in the event, Bamigboye also competed in the long jump and high jump in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
In 2008, Humphreys guided Commodore athletes to SEC Championship scoring performances in the indoor pentathlon, outdoor heptathlon and high jump. Cherice Robertson registered a personal best in the SEC heptathlon in the seventh-place finish. In the high jump, Mallory Hitt produced a collegiate best effort while finishing seventh.
Humphreys also coached Garnetta Holloway and Robertson to finishes of third and seventh, respectively in the pentathlon at the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships.
In 2006, Humphreys mentored Holloway and Lauryn Smith to long jump personal bests in his first year at Vanderbilt. Holloway finished the year with an SEC title in the heptathlon and became just the second Commodore heptathlete to ever compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Humphreys joined Vanderbilt after a two-year stint at Auburn University. As a Tiger assistant, Humphreys mentored 2005 NCAA indoor pentathlon champion Maurice Smith in the pole vault, All-SEC pole-vaulter Ashton Davis, and Auburn women’s vault record holder Katie Curtis.
A native of Nashville, Humphreys was an All-American pole-vaulter and NCAA champion at Auburn. Humphreys captured the 1997 NCAA outdoor pole vault title with a clearance of 18 feet, 4.5 inches. Humphreys’ NCAA mark remains a school record at Auburn.
That season, Humphreys also won the SEC indoor pole vault crown. He holds the distinction of clearing 18 feet at five different meets during the 1997 season.
During his Auburn career, Humphreys earned three All-America honors and eight All-SEC citations competing in the vault and decathlon.
One of the most decorated prep track stars in to ever compete in the Middle Tennessee region, Humphreys was a two-time state champion in pole vault and decathlon at Brentwood Academy. He continues to hold one of the state’s top pole vault marks, with a best of 16 feet, 1.25 inches that came in the 1994 state decathlon competition.
Humphreys graduated from Auburn in 1999. Humphreys and his wife, Erin, are the parents of a son, London, and a daughter, Cailey. Erin was an All-American heptathlete at South Carolina.