Dave Clark joined the Astros in 2009 as the third base coach. Clark switched to first base coach in 2013. Clark also had a brief stint as Astros manager in 2009 after being named on an interim basis on Sept. 21, replacing Cecil Cooper. Clark managed the club's final 13 games. In addition to his Major League duty, Clark spent the 2010-11 offseason managing the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League. Prior to joining the Astros Major League coaching staff, Clark spent six seasons as a minor league manager (2003-08), winning two league titles in that span while twice being named Manager of the Year in his respective league. Clark enjoyed success in his very first season managing in 2003, guiding Class A Lynchburg to the Carolina League finals. He was recognized as the Carolina League Manager of the Year for his efforts. In 2004, he managed Pittsburgh's Class A Hickory club, guiding the Crawdads to an 85-55 record and the South Atlantic League title. In 2005, Clark joined the Astros organization, taking over as manager of the Double A Corpus Christi Hooks, where he would remain for three seasons (2005-07). In 2006, he led the Hooks to the Texas League championship, earning that league's Manager of the Year honors and also served as a coach in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Pittsburgh. Clark advanced to Triple A Round Rock in 2008, managing the Express to a 64-79 record and a fourth-place finish in their division. Clark spent the 2000 season as the Triple A Nashville Sounds hitting coach, which was his first professional coaching assignment. After just one season as a minor league coach, Clark was hired as the Pirates Major League hitting coach, a post he would hold for the next two seasons (2001-02). Clark's next Major League coaching position was in 2009 with the Astros.
Clark played for the Indians (1986-89), Cubs (1990, 97), Royals (1991), Pirates (1992-96), Dodgers (1996) and Astros (1998) during his 13-year Major League playing career, compiling a .264 average with 62 home runs and 284 RBI in 905 career games. He made two postseason appearances, one of which was in the 1998 National League Division Series while with the Astros where he appeared in two games as a pinch-hitter (walked both times). Clark also appeared in two games for the Dodgers in the 1996 NLDS. Clark was originally selected by Cleveland in the first round (11th overall pick) of the 1983 June Draft and made his Major League debut with the Indians in 1986. He posted a .302 average in 808 career minor league games, including a .340 clip with 30 HR in just 108 games in 1987 at Buffalo (AA).
He attended Jackson (MS) State University where he was the team's MVP and top hitter in both 1982 and 1983. He was inducted into the Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame in November 2000, joining the likes of Walter Payton, Jackie Slater and Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd. His brother, Louis, played seven years in the NFL with Seattle (1987-93) and Green Bay (1994) and currently serves as director of pro personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Clark and his wife, Vivian, make their home in Collierville, TN, and have two daughters: Meki and Kiki. He is a 1980 graduate of Shannon (MS) High School, and was 26-0 as a Golden Gloves boxer while in high school.