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Friday, June 20, 2008


MEDFORD -- Bob Clarke, the assistant baseball coach at Tufts University, received the 2008 Kevin Burr Assistant Coach Award from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) at the annual College All-Star Game at Fenway Park on Saturday (June 14).

Kevin Burr was an assistant coach at Tufts when he passed away in January 2007. He and Clarke worked together for two seasons. In an emotional moment, members of the Burr family presented Clarke with the award in a ceremony prior to the All-Star Game at Fenway.

Born and raised in Hyde Park, Clarke went to Don Bosco High School and Curry College. He was a football and baseball stand-out at both places. He was first hired as Tufts baseball coach John Casey's assistant in 1988, left the post for a few years and returned in 1993. He has been with the Jumbos ever since. Clarke coaches first base for the Jumbos and coaches the outfielders. He has been a member of the program during three Eastern College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) New England Championships and two NCAA Tournament berths.

"Coach Clarke is just a solid guy, someone who our players have a tremendous amount of respect for," Coach Casey said. "In a lot of ways, he's the foundation of the program. He comes to work every day with the right attitude. That's what we ask of the players. He's richly deserving of the honor."