Potsy Clark

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
10 64-41-12 59.83% 1-0 100.00%


Career Summary

Potsy Clark was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1931 to 1940, finishing his career as the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Over his ten years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 64-41-12. During his career he was a head coach for ten seasons, first with the Portsmouth Spartans. He led the Spartans for six seasons, compiling a record of 48-19-6. In 1935, the Spartans won the championship against the New York Giants 26-7. His next head coaching stint was with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937 to 1939, as he led the team to a 11-17-5 record. His third head coach placement began in 1940 with the Detroit Lions. He coached them for one season and the team had a 5-5-1 record during his tenure. During his entire head coaching career, his three teams combined for a record of 64-41-12 across ten seasons including going 1-0-0 in the playoffs.

Personal Information

Clark was born on Tuesday, March 20, 1894 in Carthage, Illinois. He died on Wednesday, November 8, 1972 at the age of 78.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1940 Detroit Lions Head Coach 5-5-1 0-0
1939 Brooklyn Dodgers Head Coach 4-6-1 0-0
1938 Brooklyn Dodgers Head Coach 4-4-3 0-0
1937 Brooklyn Dodgers Head Coach 3-7-1 0-0
1936 Detroit Lions Head Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1935 Detroit Lions Head Coach 7-3-2 1-0
1934 Detroit Lions Head Coach 10-2-0 0-0
1933 Portsmouth Spartans Head Coach 6-5-0 0-0
1932 Portsmouth Spartans Head Coach 6-2-4 0-0
1931 Portsmouth Spartans Head Coach 11-3-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 10
  • Championships won: 1935
  • First in total wins for the Brooklyn Tigers.
  • Second in total wins for the Detroit Lions.
  • First in winning percentage for the Detroit Lions.
  • First in winning percentage for the Brooklyn Tigers.
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Date of Birth: Tuesday, March 20, 1894 (78 years old), Carthage, Illinois