Clint Blinka is entering his fourth year with the SHSU Track & Field program coaching the jumping events, pole vault and multi-events.
This past year, Clint guided numerous Bearkats to new school records, conference championships, all-conference performances, NCAA D1 West Preliminary Qualifiers, NCAA D1 National Championships Qualifiers and NCAA D1 All-Americans.
In addition, Morgan Davis became one of the most decorated student-athletes in Bearkat history. Davis was named SHSU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as being named the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. In addition to her academic honors, she also took home the Southland Conference indoor pentathlon championship for the second consecutive year.
Matthew Johnson also wrapped up a stellar multi-event career by taking both the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon conference titles. In addition to the conference titles, Johnson became an All-Conference performer in the 110m hurdles as well as scored valuable team points in the javelin, long jump, shot put, and discus. He finished his Bearkat career earning NCAA D1 All-American status in the decathlon with a school record performance of 7,697 points.
Charles White had a record breaking 2012-13 season, competing in the long jump and triple jump events for the Bearkats. White finished the season with bests of 15.81m (51’10.5’’) in the triple jump which sets a new SHSU school record and 7.47m (24’6.25’’) in the long jump. In addition to school records, he took home the indoor conference title in both the triple jump and long jump and earned the Southland Conference indoor track and field high point athlete award.
Adding to the list of conference champions is Shelbie Zotyka who took home the Southland Conference outdoor pole vault title with a vault of 3.93m (12’10.75) while also earning a berth to the NCAA D1 Preliminary round. This vault also helped her move up to the second best female vaulter in Bearkat history. Zatyka also accomplished an indoor All-Conference performance in the pole vault.
In addition to these great performers, Clint Blinka helped guide Karique Stephen and Allyson Pettit to all-conference performances in the triple jump and indoor pentathlon respectively.
The Bearkat jumping, pole vaulting and multi-event groups had stellar performances throughout the season and most importantly at the Southland Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships. These event groups combined for 7 individual conference championship performances, and an additional 5 All-Conference performances, and 23 top-8 performances.
During Coach Blinka’s time at SHSU, he has guided athletes to 3 USA National Championships appearances, 1 Pan American Games appearance, 1 USA Thorpe Cup appearance, 3 NCAA D1 All-Americans, 3 NCAA D1 National Championship qualifiers, 10 NCAA D1 West Preliminary qualifiers, 11 Southland Conference Champions, 7 Southland Conference Runner-Ups, 10 All-Southland Conference performers and 44 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 four 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 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 (5), Gunner (2), and Kannon (newborn).