J.B Clarke

J.B. Clarke was hired July 20, 2021, as the second head coach in UT program history.

He previously spent 11 years at the helm of the Limestone men’s lacrosse program following 12 years at Washington College and one season at Greensboro College.

Coach Clarke, the 2014 and 2015 USILA Division II Coach of the Year, is the all-time winningest coach in Limestone history, posting his 129th win in the Blue and Gold with an 11-9 decision over Merrimack in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship Game. He has posted a 164-20 (.891) record over his first 10 years in Gaffney and has guided the Saints to three NCAA Division II National Championships (2014, 2015, and 2017) and six national championship game appearances.

He currently holds the highest career winning percentage in program history, winning 89.1-percent of his games at Limestone, and guided the Saints to nine straight Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championships and eight Conference Carolinas Tournament Titles before the program’s final year in the league was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 season.

Clarke serves on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and is the USILA Scholar All-America Committee DII Chair. He is the President of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Association (IMLCA), and has served on the USILA Division III All-America Committee, the USILA National Poll Committee, and the U.S. National Team Selection Committee during his career.

Following the program’s third NCAA Division II National Championship in four years, he was honored with the Order of the Silver Crescent by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in 2018. That award is the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community. The Order of the Silver Crescent is an once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

After the team went 11-8 and missed the NCAA playoffs for the first time in 18 years in 2018, Clarke led the Saints to a dramatic turnaround during the 2019 campaign. Limestone won 20 straight games, capturing both the conference regular season and tournament championships, and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game for the fifth time in six years.

The 2019 Saints ranked second in the nation in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense while leading the country in assists, groundballs, and groundballs per game. He was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year while the team featured 10 All-Conference selections and five All-Americans.