Return to Headlines

New Granada Wrestling Facility Named After Hall of Famer Clark Conover

May 21, 2021- Livermore, CA - During his twelve years as Wrestling Coach at Granada High School, Clark Conover inspired student athletes to work hard and compete with integrity. He created a culture of excellence that has become the hallmark of the Granada Wrestling Program. At the Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Meeting of the Board of Education, LVJUSD Trustees voted unanimously to continue that tradition by formally naming new construction the Clark Conover Wrestling Facility.

Currently a vice principal at Granada High School (GHS), Conover has taught math, health, and physical education, in addition to his coaching career. His guidance and inspiration led student athletes to 31 East Bay Athletic League Champions, 35 CIF North Coast Section medalists, and 21 CIF State qualifiers over his twelve seasons of coaching at Granada.

Conover became Granada’s Athletic Director in 2007 and held the position for eleven years. As Clark’s professional career expanded, so too did his athletic affiliations. He has served on the North Coast Section Wrestling Advisory Committee for more than 20 years and has been a board member of the California Wrestling Hall of Fame for the past eight years.

Conover’s long-standing wrestling career as an athlete and coach earned him inductions into the Chabot College Hall of Fame, the Livermore-Granada Boosters Hall of Fame, and the California Wrestling Hall of Fame.

“I am humbled and honored to have a wrestling facility named in my honor. It pleases me that the students of Granada High School will benefit from the use of this facility,” Conover said.

Conover is a local hero, graduating from Livermore High School (LHS) in 1990 after attending Arroyo Seco Elementary and East Avenue Middle School. While at LHS, Conover earned four varsity letters in wrestling and two varsity letters in football. As wrestling team captain, he was a three-time East Bay Athletic League Champion and placed at the CIF North Coast Section tournament three times, culminating with a section championship his senior year. He medaled at the CIF State Championships, Cadet and Junior National Championships, and was a two-time All-American.

Not only was Conover an exceptional athlete, he was also a high-achieving student, earning Honor Roll or Principal’s Honor Roll status throughout high school. His combination of academic and athletic excellence earned him the Livermore-Granada Olympian award and Tri-Valley Herald Athlete of the Year award.

Conover continued wrestling while attending Chabot Community College and, in his sophomore year, won the California Community College State Championship. He earned an AA degree from Chabot College, and continued his studies and wrestling career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, earning his Bachelor of Science in 1996 and Master of Science in 1998. While at Cal Poly, Clark placed third at the PAC 10 Championships, competed at the NCAA Division I Championships, and earned All-American honors at the Espoir Nationals. Conover also debuted his coaching career at Cal Poly, serving as an Assistant Wrestling Coach.

“Coach Conover motivates students to do their best,” said Superintendent Kelly Bowers. “Seeing his name on this facility will inspire us all to join in his legacy.”

The Conover family
Pictured: The Conover Family