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PAT GILSPIN

Head Coach
Head Coach Gilspin
  • Entering her 34th season leading the Clark program
  • Winningest coach in the history of the program
  • One of few coaches in the history of Division III women’s basketball to win 500 games

Three Decades of Success: By the Numbers

  • Joined the Cougars in 1984-85 and her teams’ immediately saw success
  • Overall career record of 527-351
  • 25 postseason appearances
  • 22 winning seasons
  • 17 consecutive seasons over a .500 winning percentage (1984-2001)
  • 11 seasons of 20 or more wins
  • 7 NCAA Tournament appearances

Win Number 500

  • Earned her 500th career win on February 12, 2014 in a 54-51 conference victory over Wellesley.
  • On her accomplishment: “I just think this is about the players and coaches who have been a part of this with me. This belongs to them and the tradition of Clark women’s basketball and a lot of people beyond me.”

Award Winning Coach

  • Two-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year (1997, 2004)
  • Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009

Building Dynasties

  • First true dynasty of the NEWMAC era, as Clark played in the first five NEWMAC Tournament Championships (1996-2000)
  • Led Clark to three consecutive NEWMAC regular season titles (1997-1999), going a combined 20-3 in regular season conference play
  • One of two teams to win three ECAC New England Division III Championships (1988, 1990, 1996)

1988-89: A Season for the Record Book

  • Glispin named Converse District 1 Coach of the Year.
  • Finished the regular season 26-0.
  • Won the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship.
  • Reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
  • Set an NCAA Division III record for 36 consecutive wins.
  • Finished the season 28-1.

Coaching Greatness

  • Under Glispin’s watch, Clark has had four All-American women’s basketball players: Maria Giolas (1987), Tara McGuire (1989), Meegan Garrity (1996, 1997) and Marissa Garrity (2000) were named All-Americans.
  • In addition, Glispin’s student-athletes have collected five NEWMAC Player of Year awards.

A Great Player Makes A Great Coach

  • Four year letterwinner in basketball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Three-sport star in basketball, softball, and field hockey while at Grafton (Mass.) High.
  • 2005 inductee of the Grafton High Hall of Fame.

A Master’s in Education

  • 1975 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving a bachelor’s in physical education.
  • Went on to earn her master’s in psychological education in 1987.

DENISHA PARKS

Assistant Coach
Coach Parks

Denisha Parks enters her first season as the full-time assistant coach in 2017-18.

With the Cougars, Parks will assist in all facets of the program, including recruiting, practice preparation and student-athlete development as well as additional administrative responsibilities in the department.

Park comes to Clark after a decorated collegiate career where she shattered countless school records at Elms College.

Since graduation, Parks has immersed herself in coaching. In March 2016 she founded the Southcoast Heat AAU program and prior to that she spent a little more than a season as an assistant coach at Newbury College. With the Nighthawks, she worked primarily with the post players as they advanced to play in the program’s first-ever conference championship game.

She has also served as the head freshman coach at her alma mater, BMC Durfee, guiding them to their best record in the last four seasons.

Parks made a name for herself during her playing days as an undergraduate where she took New England by storm, leading the Blazers to three straight NECC Championship games, including the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12.

Along the way, she was named NECC, ECAC and NEWBA Rookie of the Year (2011-12), NECC First-Team All-Conference four times (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and NECC Player of the Year twice (2014, 2015).

Parks owns more than ten school records, including most points in a career (2,248), most career rebounds (1,271) and most career steals (206). She played in 110 career contests and averaged 20.4 points 11.5 rebounds while shooting 79 percent from the free throw line.

She is a 2015 graduate of Elms with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.



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