This past season under Clink’s leadership, proved to be the best in Chico State Men’s Basketball History. The Cat’s finished the 2013-14 campaign with an overall record of 25-8 and made their 3rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance where they won the NCAA Western Regional Championship and a trip to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history.
Under Clink’s guidance, Chico State posted an overall record of 19-11 in 2012-13. Thanks to a nine game winning streak down the stretch, the Wildcats finished third in the conference and reached the finals of the CCAA Championship Tournament for the second straight year. Led by All-CCAA standouts Damario Sims, Rashad Parker and Amir Carraway, Chico State earned a No. 7 West Region ranking and a second consecutive invitation to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The 2011-12 season was a truly memorable one for Clink and the Wildcats. Chico State finished 25-8 – tying a nearly 30-year-old school record for victories in a single season – and hoisted the program’s first conference championship banner since 1994. The ’Cats, ranked No. 5 in the West Region, went on to play in the CCAA Championship Tournament final and reach the NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time since 2005. Chico State topped off its incredible season by logging the program’s first NCAA tournament victory in over 50 years. For his efforts, Clink was named the CCAA Coach of the Year.
Clink led Chico State to a 14-13 record in 2010-11, as the team made its second consecutive CCAA Championship Tournament appearance. The Wildcats were just as productive in the classroom as they were on the court, winning the 2010-11 University Foundation Board of Governors Award for Academic Excellence. The coveted prize is presented to the Chico State men’s team achieving the highest academic success for the school year.
Clink’s 2009-10 Wildcat squad went 16-13, doubling the team’s win output from the previous year and delivering the program’s first winning season since 2004-05. Chico State concluded the campaign by notching its first-ever CCAA Championship Tournament victory before bowing by three points in the semifinals to eventual NCAA champs Cal Poly Pomona.In his first year at the helm, Clink installed a gritty, fast-paced style of play and guided the ’Cats to an 8-19 record in 2008-09 – the most wins posted by a Wildcat squad in three years. Chico State was much more competitive than its record indicated – the Wildcats took their opponents to overtime four times and lost five games by four points or less.
The 11th head coach in the 99-year history of Chico State men’s basketball, Clink was no stranger to the Wildcats program when he replaced 21-year coaching legend Puck Smith. Playing under Smith, Clink was part of three Chico State conference title teams from 1992-94, earning a trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament West Regional in 1992-93 and the team’s Most Inspirational Player award following his senior year. Clink remained with the Wildcats as an assistant coach under Smith during the 1994-95 and 95-96 seasons.
Clink joined the UC Davis coaching staff for the 1996-97 season as an assistant to Bob Williams. The Aggies finished 20-9 that year, winning the Northern California Athletic Conference crown and advancing to the NCAA Championship Tournament. After spending the 1997-98 season as head coach at Gavilan Community College (where he played his first two years of college ball), Clink rejoined Williams’ staff when the former Aggie boss was named head coach at UC Santa Barbara. UCSB finished 15-13 in 1998-99, winning the Big West Conference’s West Division championship, and went 14-14 in 1999-2000, finishing second in the division.
Clink began his second stint as an assistant coach at UC Davis in 2000, helping lead the Aggies through the challenging transition from Division II to Division I, with his primary duties including recruiting, scouting, and player development. He remained part of the UC Davis coaching staff (becoming the Aggies’ associate head coach in 2006) until he was hired to take over the Chico State men’s basketball program in April, 2008.
A 1994 graduate of Chico State, Clink received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in physical education at Chico State in 2000.
Clink and his wife, Courtney, were married in the summer of 2002. The couple has three sons: twins Justin and Tyler, and younger brother Ryan.