July 16, 2007
Auburn women's basketball coach Nell Fortner announced Monday the addition of Arnika Clements to the program as an administrative assistant. Clements joins the Tigers after 15 years at Fairfield High School where she served in various capacities including athletics director, basketball coach and teacher.
"I am extremely excited because this is something that I have always wanted to do once I decided to change career path," Clements said. "It is fulfilling a dream for me, and I am glad to have the opportunity to come to Auburn."
Clements coached former Tigers Carol Smith (2001-02) and Tiffany Presley (2003-05), in addition to current junior DeWanna Bonner, at Fairfield.
Clements has been the basketball coach at Fairfield for the past 13 years and during that time her teams have reached the regional tournament nine times and have made the Final Four on four occasions. During her span as head basketball coach, Clements compiled a 266-89 record en route to being named Coach of the Year six times by various organizations. She has been both the athletics director and head basketball coach the past five seasons.
"We are very excited to have someone of Arnika's experience come in and help build our program," Fortner said. "Arnika is highly respected and she will help broaden the capabilities of our program."
In addition to her role as head girls coach, Clements served as athletics director for five years and a math teacher for 14 years at Fairfield. She also coordinated "The Complete Female Athlete" symposium, spoke at various conferences and was the facilitator for the NCAA Guidelines and Compliance Seminar for college bound athletes.
Clements graduated from Alabama A&M in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. She earned her Master of Arts in Education with a focus in mathematics from the University of Montevallo in 1996.