Pete LaFleur '90 | Dec. 1, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
When you hear Bobby Clark's voice from afar, you can picture his face.
And when you see his face, beyond earshot, you still can hear that voice. It's there, bouncing around your head - like one of those super bouncy balls, except in slow motion (or like a record, just not quite on the right speed ... someone out there remembers records, right?).
Whether it's his classic Scottish accent or that impish grin, with a little twinkle in the eye, it's all genuine. It's Bobby Clark. They are his trademarks, and if you get them together, the voice and the grin, well that's a bonus.
The Notre Dame men's soccer coach, now in his (lucky?) 13th season guiding the Irish, once again has his team on the precipice - oh, so close, to college soccer's promised land. Clark's 2013 squad heads into Sunday night's NCAA round-of-16 game versus Wake Forest only a couple steps away from reaching the College Cup's final weekend, a spot in the national semifinal field.
When visiting with Bobby Clark's past players and assistant coaches - whether they be from Dartmouth (1985-93), Stanford (1996-2000) or Notre Dame (since 2001) - so many of them clearly are living testimonials to his coaching excellence. Several of them unflinchingly dub Clark the "John Wooden of college soccer," placing him on a relative level with the legendary UCLA basketball coach.