Robby Clark was introduced as the new athletic director and head football coach at Palestine during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Clark arrives in Palestine after serving as an assistant under Todd Dodge at Austin Westlake. He has previous head coaching experience at Midlothian and Rockdale, and also served as an assistant at Brownwood, Cedar Hill, Burnet, and Odessa Permian.

The job was vacated when Jay Brown resigned from the position last month after Palestine's 1-9 season last year.

Palestine ISD said there were more than 75 applicants for the job, 42 of which had prior AD/head coaching experience. Six candidates were ultimately chosen for a round of interviews before the school board settled on Clark.

Brown took over for Lance Angel, who went 22-21 in four seasons at Palestine. The Wildcats' one-win 2014 season was its worst since Angel's first year on the job in 2010.

Palestine competes in the ultra-competitive District 9-4A Division I that features Carthage, Chapel Hill, Henderson and Kilgore -- which have a combined seven state championships since 2004.

New Palestine athletic director and head football coach Robby Clark meets with players after being introduced on Wednesday. (Lee Loveless,