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Canisius names Clark women’s soccer coach

Todd Clark has been named as the fifth head coach in Canisius College women’s soccer history. Clark replaces Jim Wendling, who stepped down after seven seasons.

Clark, who was head coach at Division II Barton College (N.C.) last year, has eight years of Division I experience at Campbell. He also coached at Malone and sports a 171-121-26 record. He also has worked with the Olympic Development Program and currently works with the Northern Ireland women’s national team.

“We are very excited to have Todd Clark leading our women’s soccer program,” Canisius Athletic Director Bill Maher said. “Todd is an experienced head coach who has a proven ability to build successful soccer programs that compete for conference championships. I look forward to working with him to continue to build our women’s soccer program here at Canisius.”

Canisius is coming off a 6-14 season, including 5-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Griffs lost in MAAC Tournament play to Niagara in the quarterfinals.

Wendling earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors in 2008 after guiding the Griffs to an 11-win season. He followed up with 13- and 14-win campaigns as his 2010 club lost in overtime to Siena in the MAAC championship game. The Griffs won eight games in 2011 but that was their last winning season. He finished 62-58-11 during his tenure.