Jake ClarkClark has an impressive Greco-Roman resume at the senior level. He is a two-time U.S. World Team member (2006, 2010), seven-time member of the U.S. National Team, three-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up, 2007 World Cup Champion, 2000 World Military Bronze Medalist, and 11-time Armed Forces Gold Medalist. He competed in the last five U.S. Olympic Trials (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and was an Olympic Team alternate in 2004 and 2016. He is a 2020 Olympic hopeful.
Clark also served nine years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A native of Mound, Minn., Clark was a two-time Minnesota State High School champion for South St. Paul (undefeated junior and senior seasons).
Clark is the owner and head instructor at Wrestle-Jitsu Training Center in Waite Park, Minn. He resides in Sartell with his wife Jocelyn and their five children Kade, Abby, Alex, Jack and Nora.
"Jake Clark is a committed member of the Minnesota wrestling community. I have always said that wrestling needs committed people in the sport, starting with wrestlers. Then you have officials, parents, table workers, and coaches at every level, who can adjust their life, to make time to be involved in the wrestling world. Jake is one of those guys." said coach Schiltz. "His life revolves around wrestling, as does mine. We will be working together to recruit great wrestlers, developing practices, designing successful camps and bringing the Central Minnesota FS/GR Club back to the Saint John's campus with Jake as the club coach. With his addition to the staff, it just helps solidify Saint John's University as one to watch in the near future. 'Steel sharpens steel.'"
Clark is an addition to last year's staff of Chad Henle and Scott Fernholz. The Johnnies have also added Malik Stewart (from Dakota-Wesleyan) and Shawn Hatlestad (from Augustana) to the coaching staff.
Kevin Schiltz is in his second season as head coach of the Johnnie wrestling team.