Dave Clawson

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Dave Clawson
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamWake Forest
ConferenceACC
Record0–0
Biographical details
Born(1967-08-16) August 16, 1967 (age 46)
Youngstown, New York
Playing career
1985–1988Williams
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1990
1991–1992
1993–1995
1996–1998
1999–2004
2004–2007
2008
2009–2013
2014–present
Albany (QB/RB/DB)
Buffalo (QB/RB/DB)
Lehigh (RB/OC/RB)
Villanova (OC)
Fordham
Richmond
Tennessee (OC)
Bowling Green
Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall90–80
Bowls0–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 MAC (2013)
1 MAC East Division (2013)
 
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Dave Clawson
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamWake Forest
ConferenceACC
Record0–0
Biographical details
Born(1967-08-16) August 16, 1967 (age 46)
Youngstown, New York
Playing career
1985–1988Williams
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1990
1991–1992
1993–1995
1996–1998
1999–2004
2004–2007
2008
2009–2013
2014–present
Albany (QB/RB/DB)
Buffalo (QB/RB/DB)
Lehigh (RB/OC/RB)
Villanova (OC)
Fordham
Richmond
Tennessee (OC)
Bowling Green
Wake Forest
Head coaching record
Overall90–80
Bowls0–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 MAC (2013)
1 MAC East Division (2013)

Dave Clawson (born August 16, 1967)[1][2] is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves at the head football coach at Wake Forest University. Clawson previously served as the head football coach at Fordham University from 1999 to 2003, at the University of Richmond from 2004 to 2007, and at Bowling Green State University from 2009 to 2013. Before joining Bowling Green, Clawson was the offensive coordinator for one season at the University of Tennessee. His career record as a head college football coach is 90 wins and 80 losses.

Assistant coaching career[edit]

Clawson got his start in the coaching business as the quarterbacks and running backs coach at the University of Albany in 1989. He was an assistant at Albany again in 1990, this time coaching the defensive secondary. He later went on to coach as an assistant at the University at Buffalo, Lehigh University, and Villanova University.[1]

Tennessee[edit]

On January 11, 2008, it was announced that Clawson had been hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Volunteers football team by head coach Phillip Fulmer.[3] He replaced David Cutcliffe, who moved to Duke University as head coach. Clawson's stay in Knoxville was short and disappointing. Fulmer was forced to resign as head coach with 3 games left in the 2008 season. Incoming head coach Lane Kiffin relieved Clawson of his duties on December 1, 2008. With Clawson as their offensive coordinator, Tennessee suffered its worst statistical offensive season in over 30 years.

Head coaching career[edit]

Fordham[edit]

Clawson got his first head coaching position at Fordham University. His record as a head coach at Fordham was 29–29.[4]

Richmond[edit]

After Fordham, Clawson became the head coach at the University of Richmond. He served as coach from the 2004 season until the end of the 2007 season, and was the 32nd football coach at the school. His career coaching record at Richmond was 29–20. This ranks him seventh at Richmond in total wins and fifth at Richmond in winning percentage.[5]

At Richmond, he was awarded Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) Coach of the Year twice. Clawson is credited with re-energizing the Richmond program. After going 3–8 in 2004, the Spiders went 9–4 to win the Atlantic 10 Conference[1] and made the playoffs the following year. In 2007, Richmond won their conference again, going 11–3 before eventually losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Appalachian State.[6]

Bowling Green[edit]

Clawson was hired on as the head football coach at Bowling Green State University on December 12, 2008, just 12 days after being let go by Tennessee. Clawson replaced Gregg Brandon, who after six seasons was let go after a disappointing 6–6 season (including a 1–4 home record) in 2008, a season in which the Falcons were a preseason favorite to win their division.[7]

Clawson's era at BGSU started off proving he would be a disciplinarian as he dismissed senior defensive lineman Michael Ream for an undisclosed violation of team rules just months into his tenure.[8] His first game as coach of Bowling Green came on September 3, with a win at home against Sun Belt opponent Troy.

He coached his first bowl, the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl, on December 30 in Boise, Idaho. After scoring to make the lead 42–35 over the Vandals, the Vandals took over with 33 seconds left in the game. Idaho then connected on a long pass down inside the 20 and scored on a questionable touchdown call to make it 42–41 with 00:04 left. The Vandals went for a gutsy two-point conversion and were successful, sealing a 43–42 and ruining Clawson's first bid at a bowl game.

In January 2010, rumors began to circulate that East Carolina University was interested in Clawson for their vacant head coaching position, following former ECU coach Skip Holtz' move to South Florida. The rumors intensified following Middle Tennessee State's head coach Rick Stockstill turning down the East Carolina job. However, as of January 20, 2010, Bowling Green has stated that neither athletic director Greg Christopher or Clawson himself have been contacted by East Carolina officials.[9]

On November 7, 2012, he led the Falcons to an upset victory against division rival Ohio Bobcats 26–14. The special teams had two blocked punts and forced two bad snaps which one of them rolled into Ohio's end zone to force a safety. The Falcons took advantage of these turnovers and scored 19 points (2 Touchdowns, 1 Field Goal, and 1 Safety). With the win, BG moved into 2nd place in the MAC East Division and kept their hopes alive of winning the MAC East and better yet the entire conference.

The 2013 season has proven to be Clawson's most successful season thus far at Bowling Green. His Falcons have posted a 10-3 record, including an 8-1 conference record. On December 6, 2013, Clawson led his team to its first MAC Championship since 1992 with a 47-27 victory over the formerly undefeated Northern Illinois Huskies in the MAC Championship Game.

Wake Forest[edit]

Clawson was named head football coach at Wake Forest University on December 10, 2013.[10]

Offensive philosophy[edit]

Clawson describes his coaching style as one that utilizes the available talent to maximize success. His philosophy focuses on getting individual playmakers more touches rather than sticking to a rigidly-defined system. His offenses have displayed components of the Pro-Style, Spread and Power Running attacks. His influences included Hank Small whom he coached under at Lehigh University and numerous NFL teams including the New York Jets, New York Giants and others.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Fordham Rams (Patriot League) (1999–2003)
1999Fordham0–110–67th
2000Fordham3–81–56th
2001Fordham7–45–23rd
2002Fordham10–36–1T–1stL Div I-AA Quarterfinals
2003Fordham9–34–3T–3rd
Fordham:29–2916–17
Richmond Spiders (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2004–2006)
2004Richmond3–80–85th (South)
2005Richmond9–47–11st (South) L Div I-AA Quarterfinals8
2006Richmond6–53–5T–4th (South)
Richmond Spiders (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007)
2007Richmond11–37–11st (South) L Div FCS Semifinals4
Richmond:29–2017–15
Bowling Green Falcons (Mid-American Conference) (2009–present)
2009Bowling Green7–66–23rd (East) L Humanitarian
2010Bowling Green2–101–7T–5th (East)
2011Bowling Green5–73–5T–4th (East)
2012Bowling Green8–56–22nd (East) L Military
2013Bowling Green10–37–11st (East) Little Caesars
Bowling Green:32–3124–17
Total:90–80
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

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