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Clark takes over IWU defense

From staff reports

Indiana Wesleyan football coach Jordan Langs has announced the hiring of JJ Clark as his defensive coordinator.

“Coach Clark is one of the elite defensive minds in the country at our level,” Langs said. “Couple that with his sincere dedication to our Christ-centered mission, and it is a perfect match for our program.”

Clark joins the Indiana Wesleyan staff after working as the defensive coordinator at Wheaton (Illinois) the past two seasons. Last season, the Thunder allowed 83 points all season and ranked third in NCAA Division III with 9.2 points allowed per game. Clark’s defense ranked fifth in the nation with 218 total yards per game and forced 16 turnovers.

In 2017, Wheaton surrendered 12.8 points per game, 229 yards per game, and 73 rush yards per game – all ranking in the top 10 in the country.

Prior to Wheaton, Clark coached two season at the University of Akron. During his time with the Zips, he worked with the linebackers and defensive back.

“Our coaching staff is one of the biggest strengths of our program,” Langs said. “Adding another high-caliber member is a huge step towards the goals we have for this program.”

Indiana Wesleyan finished its inaugural season with a 7-3 record.

Langs selected for 35 under 35

Langs was recently selected to the 2019 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Langs was one of the 35 coaches under the age of 35 years old to receive the prestigious recognition and was selected from hundreds of applicants. For eligibility, applicants had to be born on or after January 1, 1984, and must be currently serving as a high school head coach, two-year college full-time assistant or head coach, or NAIA/NCAA (all divisions) full-time or head coach.

“I am extremely honored and humbled with this recognition,” Langs said. “I am very thankful for all the people in my career that have believed in me and feel very fortunate to have coaches, players and an institution that believe in our unique vision of building a purposeful and productive culture that drives elite execution. I look forward to the opportunity to learn and grow from this experience.”

The AFCA created the prestigious program aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession. Participants in the Leadership Institute will attend the single-day event that features a curriculum of interactive lectures focused on topics specifically tailored to emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression, and family balance.

The 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute takes place during the AFCA National Convention on Jan. 6-9 in San Antonio, Texas.