Tom Clark became the PBA’s Vice President and COO on March, 28, 2008, after serving as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the United States Bowling Congress. Clark, who was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2009, then PBA Commissioner in 2011, oversees television production, marketing and public relations for the PBA Tour.
Prior to his position as Vice President for the USBC, Clark was the organization’s director of communications from April 2005 until July 2006. Clark came to USBC headquarters after a successful career in journalism. From 2000-2005 he was a sports assignment editor for USA Today, the nation’s highest-circulated newspaper. At USA Today, Clark directed the golf and tennis coverage, assisted on NBA and NFL coverage and was the lead editor five consecutive years on the national-award winning USA Today Super Bowl Bonus Section.
Prior to USA Today, Clark worked in the Media General newspaper chain as the executive editor of the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record (1999-2000); managing editor of the Manassas (Va.) Journal Messenger (1997-1999), and sports editor of the Potomac (Woodbridge, Va.) News (1995-1997). He was a contributing sports writer for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald Journal from 1988-1992. From 1992-1995, Clark owned and operated the Syracuse Sporting Times, a bi-weekly magazine.
Clark has won numerous national and state journalism awards including Best Feature Story in 1995 and Best Page Design in 1996 by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the 1998 Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes for best newspaper in its circulation category. Clark graduated from Buffalo State College in 1992 with a degree in journalism. He bowled collegiately for four years at Buffalo State, winning the east region Association of College Unions International title in 1990 and advancing to the national singles championship in Reno, Nev. Clark was named Bowlers Journal International magazine’s “Person of the Year” in the bowling industry for 2005 for his efforts in bringing publicity to the game.
Clark also has been honored by the bowling industry as winner of the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America Industry Service Award (2008) and the USBC Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award (2009).
Clark, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., resides in Muskego, Wis., with his wife Kelli and two children.