Clark resigns as gymnastics coach

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia announced late Friday afternoon that gymnastics coach Jay Clark has resigned effective immediately.

“I have accepted Jay’s resignation and want to express our appreciation to him for his many significant contributions to our program over a long period of time,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a university release. “Our gymnastics program has always been a source of pride for the Athletic Association and Jay has conducted the program in an admirable manner during his years of service to UGA.

“We certainly wish him the very best in his future endeavors. We’ll move as quickly as possible to begin the process of finding the best possible head coach to lead our program.”

In 2010, Clark replaced Suzanne Yoculan, who retired after winning 10 national championships and five in a row before stepping down. Clark served as a Yoculan assistant for 17 years, including the last five as associate head coach.

In Clark’s three seasons, Georgia placed third each year at the SEC Championships and never made it to the Super Six at the NCAA championships. The Gym Dogs finished tied for second at the 2010 NCAA Regional and did not advance to the NCAA Championships, then placed ninth at the NCAAs last year and 11th this year.