Pirates News · Clark steps down as boys basketball coach

Cameron Clark has resigned as Oceanside High School’s boys basketball coach, effective immediately, citing a need to spend more time with his family.

Clark, who is a math teacher at OHS, spent nine years as head coach and 19 years in the program and believes the commitment to teaching and coaching ended up being the deciding factor.

“I unfortunately must resign my position to spend more time with my family. I have realized recently that I have missed a lot of opportunities with them, and I just don’t want to give up that time anymore,” said Clark in a letter to the OHS administration. 

Darius Pickett will take over as interim coach. Pickett coached the freshmen team last season.

Clark, whose teams were consistently in the CIF playoffs and challenged for league titles, spent time as an assistant coach when he was hired nearly two decades ago by then athletic director Pat Kimbrel. He then spearheaded the Pirates girls’ varsity team for five years before moving over to the boys side. Clark believes he brought stability to a program that had a run of three coaches in two years nine years ago.

“I would point to character, strategy, leadership and a downright disdain for not playing hard as qualities that I hope we can agree that I brought to a program in desperate need of it,” he said. “I just hope that in the end that I have done enough in the eyes that matter most.”

Lessons learned on the court that have been taken into his players’ lives is what Clark believes is his legacy.

“To have a player one day look in the mirror and see how great life is for them and understand that this is all I meant for them would be a crowning achievement,” Clark said. “This would be the greatest victory of all.”

Athletic Director Brad Hollingsworth thinks it will take a special candidate to replace Clark who always valued character and academics, as much as talent on the court.

“Coach Clark’s teams were always competitive and hard-nosed and were always prepared,” Hollingsworth said. “Finding a replacement will be tough given the current landscape with a global pandemic and limited access to players. However, we will persevere and try to find someone to move the program forward as Coach Clark did.”