Coach Clark, eight Colonials receive conference recognition


Samuel Anthony

Bernard Clark works with his team in preparation for his first season at the helm.

Logan Carney, Digital Content Director

MOON TOWNSHIP — After a season in which the Robert Morris football team (7-5, 6-1 NEC) posted a winning record for the first time since 2010 and finished second in the NEC, head coach Bernard Clark Jr. and eight players received conference recognition.

After winning more conference games this season than the program did in the previous five years (four), Clark was named NEC co-Coach of the Year. Clark, who is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to FCS football’s top coach, shares the NEC award with Central Connecticut State University’s Ryan McCarthy, who finished the season with a school-record 11 wins and won the NEC with a 7-0 record in his first season.

For the first time in six years, the Colonials had eight players named to All-NEC. Half-back Alijah Jackson, tight-end Matthew Gonzalez, defensive-back Mason Gray and kicker Nick Bisceglia all received First-Team All-NEC nods. Offensive linemen Trevor Hicks, Bussy Remaley, defensive-back Heavon Price and line-backer Aniello Buzzacco received Second-Team All-NEC recognition.