Kirk Clark is in his sixth year (2020) as an Baseball Coaching Assistant at Wayne State College, serving as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2019 under Clark, the Wildcat pitching staff ranked fourth in the NSIC in earned run average (4.17), an improvement of just over three runs (7.22) from the previous season. Two Wildcat pitchers - freshman Ryan Obrecht (First Team) and junior Hunter Wienhoff (Second Team) earned All NSIC honors.
The Wildcat pitching staff improved dramatically in the 2017 season under Clark's guidance as WSC went from an 8.22 ERA in 2016 to 4.97 in 2017. The WSC staff tied for first in the NSIC with 14 saves and tied for second in fewest home runs allowed (20).
Under Clark in 2015, the Wildcat pitching staff ranked third in the NSIC in earned run average (4.58) while leading the league in strikeouts per game (8.14) and batters struck out looking (112). The WSC pitching staff also ranked second in saves (12) and second in total strikeouts (361) under Clark's coaching.
Clark comes to Wayne State after playing minor league baseball since being drafted by the Houston Astros in 2009. He set a single season saves record in low-A Lexington during the 2010 season with 29 to earn South Atlantic League All-Star honors. During his three plus seasons in the Astros minor league system, Clark was 14-11 with 57 saves in 160 minor league appearances.
Most recently, Clark spent the 2014 season pitching for the Quebec City Capitals and also played minor league baseball with the Sioux Falls Canaries (two seasons) and the Schaumburg Bombers in the independent American Association.
A native of Moline, Illinois, Clark played college baseball at Creighton and Iowa Western Community College. At Creighton in 2009, Clark posted a 4.21 ERA in 36.1 innings with 37 strikeouts. Clark played for Iowa Western Community College in 2007 and 2008 and still holds the school record for wins with 17. He helped the Rievers to the Junior College World Series in 2007, going 8-3 with a 3.66 ERA to earn First Team All-Region honors.
Kirk and his wife Stephanie reside in Wayne.
Kody Larson enters his second season (2020) as a graduate assistant coach with the Wayne State College baseball team.
Larson comes to Wayne State after serving one season as an assistant coach at Luther College in Iowa, helping the Norse to a 26-16 overall record and 13-9 mark in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Larson is familiar with the Northern Sun Conference after playing two seasons at Southwest Minnesota State. He started 55 games in his two years in Marshall, batting .288 as a senior (2017) with three doubles and eight RBI's and five multi-hit games.
Prior to Southwest Minnesota State, Larson played two years at Rochester Community and Technical College where he earned First Team All-Region honors.
Larson is a native of Stoddard, Wisconsin and graduate of DeSoto High School where he was a Second Team All-State selection as a senior and was named Conference Player of the Year twice to go with First Team All-Conference and All-District honors twice.
Larson is pursuing a master's degree at Wayne State after earning a bachelor's degree from Southwest Minnesota State in sports management.