|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|College:||Ferris State '04|
Dave Clarke is entering his second season as the head coach for the Express men's basketball program.
In his first year with the Express, Clarke led the Express to a 14 win improvement and was named the OCCAC Coach of the Year. The team finished with a 24-8 overall record and finished second in the OCCAC. They also made their first appearance in the Region XII District 10 championship game since the 2006-07 season.
Additionally, two freshmen (Justin Edmonds, 1st Team and James Kelly, Second Team) earned All-OCCAC honors. Edmonds was also named to the All-Region XII team.
In the seven years prior to becoming the head coach at Owens, Clarke served at five colleges in varying coaching capacities.
He most recently served as an assistant coach at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., from 2009-11. During his tenure at Mott, he helped lead the program to an overall 59-7 record. In 2008-09, Clarke served as the director of basketball operations at Bowling Green State University. From 2006-08, he was the graduate assistant manager at the University of Toledo, where he helped the team win a Mid American Conference regular season title and capture a school record 14 MAC wins in 2006-07.
Prior to that, Clarke served as an assistant coach at Northwood University in 2005-06, student assistant coach at Ferris State University in 2004-05 and AAU coach for the Grand Rapids Storm from 2003-05.
Clarke played intercollegiate basketball at Ferris State University from 2002-04, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title as a senior. Prior to Ferris State, the Harbor Springs, Mich., native played two seasons at Siena Heights University. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizations.
The Maumee resident holds a bachelor's degree in business education with a minor in physical education from Ferris State University and a master's degree in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Toledo. He and his wife, Megan, have one daughter, Emmy.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
|College:||Eastern Michigan '91|
Carl Thomas is enterting his second season an assistant coach for the Express men's basketball program.
He has previously served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University over the last six seasons. Prior to that, he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2004-05.
Prior to coaching, Thomas played 68 games over parts of three seasons in the NBA. He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and the Orlando Magic. Thomas also played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids from 1992-99. He was called up to the NBA five times, which is a CBA record. Following his career in the NBA, Thomas played professionally overseas from 2000-03. He played for teams in France, Sweden, Greece and Italy.
Thomas is a graduate of Lansing (Mich.) Everett High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball. He was named the player of the year in the Capitol Conference as a senior in basketball, and he helped the baseball team reach the state semifinals in Class A.
Thomas and his twin brother, Charles, played for Eastern Michigan University from 1988-91 and won two Mid-American Conference titles, made two NJCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1990-91. Carl finished his career with 1,179 points, 452 rebounds, 185 3-point field goals and 249 assists. He was a second-team All-MAC choice in 1991.
Thomas was inducted into the Lansing-area Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2005. He and his wife, Gina, have two sons, Austin and Brandon.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
|College:||University of Toledo|
Keith Raine is entering his first season as an assistant coach in the Express men's basketball program.
Raine comes to the Express from Goshen College, where he spent one season as an assistant coach in the men's basketball program. While there, the team was ranked as high as 12th in the nation, the highest in program history.
Prior to that, he was the head student manager for men's basketball at Bowling Green State University from 2008-10. While there, the Falcons captured the regular season MAC championship and earned a bid to the NIT in 2008-09.
While on staff at BGSU, Raine worked with current Express men's basketball coach Dave Clarke when Clarke was BGSU's director of basketball operations during the 2008-09 season.
In past summers, Raine has spent his time working the camp circuit at several prestigous universities such as Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse, Uconn, and Wake Forest. He is also the former camp director of Sudden Impact Basketball Camps. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and National Association of Collegiate Basketball Managers.
Currently, Raine is working towards a bachelor's degree at the University of Toledo in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in business management. He previously attended BGSU and Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, CT).
A native of Shelton, CT, Raine attended St. Joseph High School, where he played for legendary head coach Vito Montelli.