ATHENS - Following several sub-par seasons, at least compared to recent Georgia gymnastics history, head coach Jay Clark has stepped down.
The decision was announced as a resignation.
“I have accepted Jay’s resignation and want to express our appreciation to him for his many significant contributions to our program over a long period of time,” Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “Our gymnastics program has always been a source of pride for the Athletic Association and Jay has conducted the program in an admirable manner during his years of service to UGA. We certainly wish him the very best in his future endeavors. We’ll move as quickly as possible to begin the process of finding the best possible head coach to lead our program.”
Clark was Georgia's head coach for three seasons. He spent the previous 17 as an assistant under Suzanne Yoculan. The Bulldogs finished third at the SEC championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012. They were ninth at the 2011 NCAA championships, and 11th this year.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to be at the University of Georgia,” Clark said in a statement. “I love the University of Georgia and treasure my time here.”
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This is the second head coaching change since McGarity took over as athletics director in Aug. of 2010. He made a change in the volleyball program early into his tenure.