De La Salle welcomes new hockey coach
New Warren De La Salle hockey coach Sean Clark poses with a jersey April 24. Clark takes over for Craig Staskowski, who last season led the team to a state championship.
Posted May 5, 2017
WARREN — The Warren De La Salle hockey team has a new leader one season after the team won its first state title.
Sean Clark was announced April 24 as the Pilots’ new coach. He takes over for Craig Staskowski, who this past season led the team to a Division 3 state championship in his first year at the helm. Staskowski resigned last month.
Clark, a native of Royal Oak and a graduate of Birmingham Brother Rice, most recently served as an associate head coach for the U18 AAA-level Oakland Junior Grizzlies team. Clark was a four-year starter at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, serving as team captain for two seasons. Clark went on to have a brief career with the Bakersfield (California) Condors, formerly of the East Coast Hockey League.
During his time with the Junior Grizzlies, 10 of Clark’s players earned Division 1 scholarships.
Clark, a Warren resident and city of Warren employee, is excited about the opportunity.
“My family and I are honored to be part of the De La Salle community,” Clark said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the recent success of the hockey team and building a program that De La Salle students, alumni, faculty and supporters can be proud of.”
De La Salle Athletic Director Mike Watson said the school is fortunate to now have Clark as a part of its staff. Watson also noted that Staskowski and the school also have a good relationship following Staskowski’s resignation, and that the former coach did a great job of developing players and building relationships with players and their families.
“(Staskowski’s) contributions will forever be recognized,” Watson said May 2.
He added that 15 candidates applied for the job and 10 earned interviews before Clark put himself ahead of the field.
“How (Clark) has been able to develop players and his track record as a coach made him a great candidate,” Watson said.
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