The Maryland men’s basketball team’s bench will have a different look next season, with assistant coach Dustin Clark leaving the program and Matt Brady moving up in his place. Maryland announced the changes Monday afternoon, along with naming Mark Bialkoski director of basketball operations.
Clark had been with Maryland for seven seasons after moving with Coach Mark Turgeon from Texas A&M. He is leaving coaching altogether to move back to his native Texas, be closer to his family and join a family business.
In his time at Maryland, Clark established himself as a reliable recruiter who took the lead on getting Duke graduate transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., sophomore center Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter (who recently declared for the NBA draft) and 2018 four-star recruit Aaron Wiggins.
“I have poured every ounce of my time, energy and attention into my coaching career over the past 12 years,” Clark said in a statement released by Maryland. “However, my desire to be more present and available for my family, combined with a unique and rare opportunity to join a family business in the Dallas area, necessitates this career change. I am forever grateful to Coach Turgeon and [Turgeon’s wife] Ann for their trust and belief in me and for their unwavering support. The day that Coach Turgeon asked me to join his staff at Maryland is a day I will always remember.”
Brady, who joined Turgeon’s staff before last season as director of player personnel, has 30 years of experience as a Division I coach. He was previously an assistant at La Salle. Before that, he made head coaching stops at James Madison and Marist.
Bialkoski was the team’s video coordinator for the past three seasons. He replaces Nima Omidvar, who left in April to become an assistant coach at South Alabama.
The changes come at a critical point of Turgeon’s tenure in Maryland, as the Terrapins are looking to rebound from a disappointing season in which they missed the NCAA tournament. They also have two open scholarships — one of which will likely be left open heading into next season — after Huerter decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and forfeit his final two years of eligibility.
“I know he’ll thrive in this new role,” Turgeon said of Brady in Monday’s news release. “He is an accomplished coach, strong recruiter and has a great understanding of the game. His basketball acumen and head coaching experience is certainly beneficial to have on the bench, as well as his established success in player development.”