DUNCAN, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate business owner and former high school football coach died Tuesday afternoon in a crash in Duncan.
According to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office, the crash happened on East Main Street near North Avenue around 5:48 p.m.
The coroner said 61-year-old Bruce Clark died from his injuries at the scene of the crash.
Clark was head football coach at Boiling Springs High School from 2008 to 2012. He was also the owner of Game Day BBQ in Duncan.
“Regardless of who you ask. He changed the whole landscape of our community because of what he brought and who he was as a person,” said Dylan Thompson, former Boiling Springs football player.
Spartanburg School District Two released a statement regarding the accident on Wednesday morning.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Boiling Springs Football Coach Bruce Clark. We know that this is especially difficult for friends and family with Christmas only a few days away. Our prayers are with them.Spartanburg School District Two
During his time spent coaching at the high school, Clark impacted many players, including Dylan Thompson, a 2010 graduate and former quarterback for the Bulldogs.
“I think that Coach Clark brought toughness to a community that didn’t really know what that looked like relative to football and I think he changed the way that we believed there. I think he impacted so many people, not just me by any means, but so many guys that went through there and played football were impacted by him,” said Thompson. “He was hard on people but it was because he loved them.”
7News worked with Clark a few months ago in our ‘Let’s Eat’ series and previously reported how much he cared about the community. That was especially seen through his work at his restaurant, Game Day BBQ.
“I saw him there this past summer. I went over there with my dad, so that was special to get to see him. You know now not knowing that would be the last time you would see him, a lot of memories come to mind but just a tough day for a lot of people that know him,” Thompson said.
Now, those in the community are left remembering a man who taught valuable lessons to many people, in more ways than one.
“He cared about people and that was what stood out to me and stood out with everybody that I think ever worked with him or played for him. He really did care about what you had going on in life,” said Thompson.
Duncan Police are investigating the cause of Tuesday night’s crash.