Cedeno Clark completed the course at John Tyler again.
Almost 20 years after graduating from the same school, Clark received a promotion to become John Tyler's head boys basketball coach, the Tyler Independent School District announced on Thursday.
For the past eight seasons Clark worked as an assistant at JT, recently leading the junior varsity to a perfect record in district play. Clark spent the last four games as acting coach, guiding the Lions to district and bi-district championships in the process.
“It's just a passion and a drive to do what I'm doing now,” Clark said. “I solely believe the Lord led me in this direction. I've always had a passion for the school and since I've been in education I've (tried) to put myself in this position. It has come full-circle.”
The Lions finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 24-8, advancing to the area round after winning its second straight district championship.
JT went 2-2 with Clark in charge after Pinson stepped aside amidst health problems while the school district conducted an investigation into improper conduct concurrently. Pinson resigned during the last week in March, citing health reasons.
“I've been under three great guys that taught me a lot about the game,” Clark said. “That will make the transition easy I don't see it being any different from being a freshman (or assistant) coach. I will work the same and be prepared.”
Clark coached JT in its final two regular season games, including a win over Jacksonville to clinch a share of the 14-4A crown, and in a bi-district win over Royse City and second-round loss to Ennis.
Clark calculated an achievable plan to success for a state contender set to return eight varsity players, including five of the team's top seven scorers, and three all-district performers.
“It's simple math,” Clark said regarding his formula to success. “In order for us to get where we want we have to work hard every single day and it will work itself out.”