Clint Blinka is entering his fifth year with the SHSU Track and Field program coaching the jumping events, pole vault and multi-events.
This past year, Clint guided numerous Bearkats to school records, conference championships, all-conference performances, NCAA Division I national qualifiers and USA Jr. national qualifiers.
In addition, the jumping, pole vault and multi-event athletes played a large role in one of the most successful team campaigns in Bearakat history. The women captured both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Team Championship while the men fished as team runner-up indoors and third overall at the outdoor championship.
During Coach Blinka’s time at SHSU, he has guided athletes to three USA National Championships appearances, two USA Jr. National appearances, one Pan American Games appearance, one USA Thorpe Cup appearance, three NCAA Division I All-Americans, three NCAA Division I National Championship qualifiers, 13 NCAA Division I West Preliminary qualifiers, 13 Southland Conference Champions, 10 Southland Conference Runner-Ups, 11 All-Southland Conference performers and 62 Southland Conference point scoring performances.
Prior to his coaching career, Clint was a member and a team captain of the Bearkat men's track and field program. During his time as an athlete, he competed and was a 4-year letter winner in the pole vault and decathlon as well as being a team captain for the 2005 and 2006 Southland Conference Team Champions.
Clint was also an NCAA Academic All-American, NCAA Mid-West Regional qualifier in the pole vault and a member of many student-athlete organizations. He ended his career with personal records of 5.05m (16' 6.75") in the pole vault and 6,787 points in the decathlon and still remains as one of the top 10 all-time performers at SHSU in the pole vault, decathlon and javelin throw.
After his athletic career, Clint spent one year as a graduate assistant track and field coach for the Bearkats while completing his master's degree in education. During this time, he coached the combined events, high jump, and javelin and assisted in coaching the women's team to the 2007 indoor Southland Conference team championship.
Clint also coached Jamie Spivey to an indoor conference title in the long jump and led Jonny Tipton to qualify for the NCAA Mid-West Regional Championship in the javelin. In addition, he also coached All-Conference performers in the heptathlon and long jump and letter winners in the decathlon and javelin.
After his graduate assistant stint at SHSU and before returning in 2010, Clint spent 3 years as the head boy’s track and field and cross country coach at Waller High School as well as being named Waller ISD strength and conditioning coordinator.
Clint also holds track and field technical and jumping event specialists certifications from the USTFCCCA.
Clint resides in Huntsville with his wife, Lauren who is a former Bearkat Track and Field standout and their three sons, Gage (6), Gunner (3), and Kannon (1).