Adam Clack knew he wanted to be a head football coach soon after he joined West Forsyth’s coaching staff in 2007. He got his first interview this offseason, and so he sat down and wrote for the first time his vision for building a successful high school football program.
It included practice plans, expectations for coaches and players and strategies for community involvement. Before he knew it, Clack had 56 pages, a "little manifesto," he said, to "drive the heartbeat of your program."
"I spent a good chunk of change over at Office Max getting that thing bound," Clack said.
It was a useful tool for Clack when Frank Hepler stepped down as West’s head coach on April 14.
Clack, the team’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, was announced as West’s new football coach Monday, succeeding Hepler who opened the program in 2007 and built the Wolverines into arguably the county’s preeminent team during his tenure.
West went 49-18 in six varsity seasons under Hepler. The Wolverines never had a losing season and made their fourth-straight state playoff appearance this past season, tying a county record. Since West opened, the Wolverines are the only county school to win a region title (2012) or a state playoff game.
Clack was a part of Hepler’s tenure from the very start. He joined West in 2007 after a year at South Forsyth as the head coach of the freshman team. Clack said he remembers the early days of building the Wolverines’ program when players carried buckets of bricks up stairs before the team had a weight room.
"I really feel a part of the DNA," Clack said.
Clack started as a secondary coach with the Wolverines, but eventually worked his way up to quarterbacks and receivers coach and was named offensive coordinator in 2011. He’s been at the controls of some of the most prolific offenses in county history, including West’s 2012 team that went 11-2 and reached the Class AAAAA quarterfinals while averaging a county-record 40.3 points per game. This past season he was elevated to assistant head coach and given more administrative responsibilities.
Now, he’s in charge of it all.
"I want to continue to be a part of and build on what Frank’s done," Clack said. "He’s done an unbelievable job of building an atmosphere and a staff and a program. I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to add to that."
Hepler and Clack talked early on in Clack’s time at West about the role of a head coach. "We think very similarly," Clack said. Hepler said he noticed the requisite attributes in Clack that might make him a head coach one day, particularly his voracity to learn more about the game.
"I think he’ll do a great job," Hepler said. "I was glad to see that he’s getting that opportunity, because I think we’ve put together a pretty good program there. I think he’ll be able to grow the program. I think he can take it up a level and even further."