Lacena Golding Clarke joined the UTEP track and field coaching staff on July 19, 2012.
In her first season as assistant coach at UTEP, Clarke was in charge of the Miners, multi-events, jumps and hurdles events. She coached student-athletes to three All-America honors, four C-USA individual crowns, five regional qualifiers, two school records, ten personal record and mentored the 2013 Men and Women Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year
In 2013, Clarke guided Janice Jackson and Mark Jackson to All-Americans. Both of which will be returning for the Miners this season. She also helped guide the UTEP men's team to the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor title.
Clarke came to UTEP from the University of Texas at Austin where she served as an assistant track and field coach for women's jumps and hurdles for five years.
At Texas, Clarke helped train a three-time NCAA qualifier, two-time Big 12 Champion and record holder in the long jump and triple jump. During her time with the Longhorns, she became an academic mentor and guided students through their college transition.
Clarke served as a volunteer coach for seven years at Auburn University. She assisted the head coach in hurdles and multi events as she helped guide the women's team to its first NCAA title in 2006. Clarke mentored three SEC champions during her time with the Tigers.
Clarke graduated in 1999 from Auburn University with a bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science and Government. As a Tiger, Clarke became a six time All-American claiming silver in the long jump at the 1998 NCAA Championships. She was a four time SEC Champion and holds the school record in the women's 55m hurdles. In 1998, she became a South Eastern Conference Women's Commissioner's Trophy winner.
Clarke competed for Jamaica at the Olympics in 1996, 2000 and 2004 participating in the long jump and 100m hurdles. In 2004 Olympics, she finished fifth overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.73; her personal best is 12.65.
Clarke was a professional athlete for 10 years and participated in six consecutive World Championships. She was the Commonwealth Games Champion in 2002; she posted a bronze medal finish at the 2004 World Athletics Final in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.69.
Clarke, her husband and their son Nathaniel reside in El Paso.