Carly Clarke was named the Head Coach of the Ryerson Rams women's basketball team in June, 2012.
The 2016-17 season saw Ryerson go through a slight rebuilding year, after three of the best Rams to ever lace-up in blue and gold, graduated. However, Clarke refused to let that affect their team mantra: #ChampionsMindset. Through strong recruiting which lead to the arrival of 5th-year impact transfer guard, Kellie Ring, and a recruiting class that brought in two OUA all-rookie forwards, Clarke lead her Rams to their 10th consecutive playoff appearance.
Clarke guided the Rams to a record setting season in 2015-16, tying a program-best 16 conference victories before winning the first OUA championship in Ryerson history. The Rams also became the first Ryerson team, in any sport, to appear in a national championship final where they finished with the silver medal. The Rams were nationally ranked in all 13 Top Ten polls and peaked at the No. 2 position in early January to mark the highest ever ranking for the program.
In 2014-15, Clarke led the Rams to a program-best 16 victories for a 16-3 record, winning the OUA silver medal and qualifying for the CIS Final 8 championship for the first time.
In her second season with Ryerson, Clarke and the Rams posted an 9-13 record while making the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Ryerson's season was ended with a heartbreaking 69-66 loss to the University of Toronto in the OUA playoffs.
Prior to joining the Rams, Clarke spent three seasons in the head coaching position at UPEI. The Halifax, N.S. native and Level III NCCP certified coach has garnered both national and international accolades working with Canada Basketball as well as various provincial sport organizations.
Clarke won silver as she led the Canada's U18 women's junior national team to a 4-0 record before dropping the gold medal game to team USA at the 2016 FIBA Americas tournament in Valdivia, Chile.
In 2015 as head coach of the Canadian Cadette Women's National Team, Canada struck gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women which marked the first championship for Canada in the age division.
In 2014, Clarke led Canada to a sixth place finish at the U17 FIBA World Championship for Women in Pilsen, Czech Republic losing to Australia in the fifth place game.
The year before that, Clarke led the Canadians to a silver medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women.
In 2012, Canada, with Clarke at the helm, captured a bronze medal at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She also guided the squad to a bronze medal finish at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, which qualified the team for the World Championship.
Clarke served as an apprentice coach with Canada Basketball's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) in Hamilton in 2008-09 before becoming the Head Coach of the National Female Centre for Performance in Charlottetown, P.E.I. She was appointed Head Coach of the Nova Scotia training centre from 2007 to 2008 and led the Nova Scotia 15U girls provincial team to fourth place at the 2008 national championship.
As an athlete, Clarke played five seasons with Bishop's where she guided the Gaiters to a QSSF championship and fifth-place finish at the CIS Final 8 in 2004. The former academic all-Canadian, who completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also topped the nation in 2004 in three-point field-goal shooting percentage.
Following her playing career, Clarke became the lead assistant coach at Dalhousie from 2006 to 2008 where she also earned a Master's in Business Administration. She helped the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the CIS Final 8 in 2007.
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