From Hoosier to Pro to Businessman

Posted: March 18, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Mike Clark started his career with the Indiana Hoosiers in 1991. After starting 91 games, Clark finished out his career by being selected to the 1994 third team All-American. Clark’s impact on Indiana soccer was rewarded last year as he was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame.

Following his successful years in Bloomington, the Richmond Kickers of the USISL signed Clark in 1995. With the Kickers Clark won the USISL Championship and the Open Cup Championship.

Then came the MLS Inaugural Player Draft in 1996. There was no guarantee for players in this draft so all Clark could do was hope. Luckily for him he was selected in the fourth round, thirty-first overall, by the Columbus Crew with some familiar faces.

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The Columbus Crew was home to many Hoosiers after the Inaugural Draft. Clark had the opportunity to play with Todd Yeagley and Brian Maisonneuve again. After playing for the Crew for eight years, Clark chose to retire. He ended his streak in Columbus as the most capped player for the crew and was voted to two MLS All-Star games. He held the Crew record for games played, minutes played, and games started. Clark played in 22 playoff games and 18 US Open games in the black and gold.

Before retiring from the MLS, Clark had dipped his toes in the business world, owning two Great Clips (a hair salon) franchises, while also working at a mortgage company. Who would have thought a soccer star would have been interested in hair cuttery? Beats me.

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