Michelle Clark-Heard is in her fifth season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. Clark-Heard came to Louisville after spending two seasons as the head coach at Kentucky State. She rejoins Jeff Walz after coaching with him for three seasons on the Nebraska bench under former head coach Paul Sanderford.
In her four seasons at Louisville, the Cardinals have made three Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to their first Final Four appearance, finishing as the runner-up in 2009. Clark-Heard was instrumental in bringing in the No. 12 recruiting class in 2008, then followed with three consecutive Top 10 classes in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2010 recruiting class was the highest ranked class in school history, ranked fifth in the nation.
She was named the head coach at Kentucky State University in June of 2005. She took over a program that had won just one game during the 2004-05 season. In her first season she led the Thorobrettes to a 5-23 record, four of the wins were against SIAC opponents. Her team was picked to finish 11th in the SIAC but ended the season in ninth place. She coached Nakia Dunn who earned first team All-SIAC honors.
In her last season she guided the Thorobrettes to an impressive 19-9 record, finishing tied for fourth place in the SIAC. Clark-Heard earned SIAC Coach of the Year honors after the impressive turnaround. Her 2007 Thorobrettes were the second best most improved team in NCAA Division II women's basketball during the 2007 season.
She also signed Cortney Matthew is, who was named first team All-SIAC and Freshman of the Year. Her team finished the 2006-07 season with a 3.1 overall GPA.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Kentucky State, Clark-Heard spent three seasons at Cincinnati as an assistant coach. The Bearcats advanced to postseason play in two of her three seasons there.
Clark-Heard spent four seasons at the University of Nebraska prior to her stint at Cincinnati. During that time, the Cornhuskers advanced to two NCAA Tournaments. She was also responsible for helping sign McDonald's All-American Janice Bright for the Cornhuskers in 2001.
Upon graduation from Western Kentucky, she spent eight years working within a recreational setting, five in Bowling Green and three with the Louisville Metro Parks Department. While in Louisville, she also served as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at DuPont Manual High School for the 1994-95 seasons and played professionally with the Kentucky Marauders of the Women's Basketball Association in 1994-95.
Clark-Heard played for Paul Sanderford at Western Kentucky University. During her four year tenure, the 6'2 center helped WKU make four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and win two Sun Belt Conference titles. She finished her career as the school's 10th all-time leading rebounder.
The Louisville native earned Kentucky High School State Player of the Year honors in 1986 while playing at Atherton High School. She was inducted into the Atherton Hall of Fame in 2003.
She was married to Luther Heard on August 16, 2003.