Clint Blinka is entering his sixth year with the SHSU Track and Field program coaching the jumping events, pole vault and multi-events.
During Coach Blinka’s time at SHSU, he has guided athletes to 3 USA National Championships appearances, 5 USA Jr. National appearances, 1 Pan American Games appearance, 1 USA Thorpe Cup appearance, 3 NCAA D1 All-Americans, 3 NCAA D1 National Championship qualifiers, 15 NCAA D1 West Preliminary qualifiers, 14 Southland Conference Champions, 11 Southland Conference Runner-Ups, 12 All-Southland Conference performers and 89 Southland Conference point scoring performances.
During 2014-15, Blinka guided numerous Bearkats to new school records, conference championships, all-conference performances, NCAA D1 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 Bearkat history. The men and women brought home both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Team Runner-Up trophies.
Some specific highlights on the men’s side from this year include multi-event athletes Jay Roberson and Tyler Adams breaking the indoor pole vault school record at 5.30m (17’4.75’’) and indoor high jump school record at 2.18m (7’1.75’’) respectively. Both athletes went on to claim all conference performances in indoor heptathlon with Tyler winning the event and Jay placing 3rd. During the event, Tyler broke the conference heptathlon 1,000m record and Jay broke the conference heptathlon pole vault record. In addition, Tyler Adams also went on to win the open high jump competition in both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Championships. Rounding out the top performances from this year’s men’s group is freshmen multi-eventer Kagan Angers who took home All Southland Conference honors with his 3rd place finish in the open long jump event with a mark of 7.33m (24’.75’’)
Highlights from the women’s jumpers and multi’s includes the 2nd and 3rd place finishes from heptathletes Nicole Jenrette and Avery Zamzow at the Southland Conference outdoor championships with performances of 5,017 points and 4,956 points respectively. In addition, jumper Kaylynne Wright concluded her career with and All Southland Conference performance in the triple jump with a mark of 12.24m (40’2’’)
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.
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, jumping event specialists, and strength and conditioning 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 (7), Gunner (4), and Kannon (2).