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BGSU Names Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Clawson As Head Coach

Courtesy Bowling Green State University
December 12, 2008

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Greg Christopher has tabbed Dave Clawson to become the 17th head coach in the history of the BGSU football program. Clawson spent the last season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Tennessee.

"It is an honor and a thrill to be given this opportunity to coach football at Bowling Green State University," said Clawson. "To be named the head coach of a football program that is filled with a rich history is a dream come true. The ability to work at a first-rate academic school and to compete in a conference that is competitive year in and year out excites me to be a Falcon. I look forward to continuing the tradition at Bowling Green State University."

Clawson brings 20 years of coaching experience, including nine years of head coaching experience, most recently at Richmond (2004-07) and Fordham (1999-2003), where he combined for a 58-49 record. In 2007 he led the Richmond Spiders to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision semifinals.

"This is an exciting time for BGSU football," said Christopher. "Dave's experience as a head coach impressed all of us. Not just the winning records, but all aspects of how he ran his programs. Dave inherits a solid foundation. He's the right person to take our student-athletes to the next level."

Clawson twice has been named national Division I-AA Coach of the Year, winning once at Fordham and once at Richmond, and was named his league's coach of the year four times in a seven-year span. In 2005 and 2007, the Richmond Touchdown Club selected him College Coach of the Year, and he was an Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award Finalist in 2002 and 2005.

His two head coaching jobs resurrected first Fordham, boosting a Rams program coming off 12 straight losing seasons into NCAA playoff participants, and then Richmond, which twice advanced to the postseason. Before that, Clawson called the offensive plays for another pair of Division I-AA powerhouses in Lehigh and Villanova.

Quarterback development and pro production have been Clawson staples. Eight times in his 14 years as either an offensive coordinator or head coach, Clawson's quarterbacks earned all-conference honors. In addition, NFL regulars such as two-time 1,000-yard rusher Brian Westbrook (Eagles), receiver Brian Finneran (Falcons), tailbacks Rabih Abdullah (Buccaneers, Bears and Patriots) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals), quarterbacks Stacey Tutt (Jets) and Kevin Eakin (Bills), and defensive lineman Aki Jones (Redskins).

In 1998 he accepted the head coaching position at Fordham, where he became the youngest Division I head coach in the nation (31). His 19 combined victories during his final two years (2002-03) at Fordham were the most wins there in back-to-back seasons since 1918-19.

Then he guided Richmond to the biggest two-year turnaround in Spider football's 124-year history, improving from 3-8 his first season of 2004 to 9-4 and an NCAA playoff berth the following year.

A native of Youngstown, N.Y., located on the shores of Lake Ontario just 30 minutes north of Buffalo, Clawson played defensive back in football and also basketball at Williams College in Massachusetts. He graduated in 1989, and then began a two-year assistant coaching stop at Albany. From there, he coached two years at Buffalo and three at Lehigh, including his first two years, 1994-95, as an offensive coordinator.

Clawson then was named offensive coordinator at Villanova, where he helped establish 70 school records and led the Wildcats to the I-AA playoffs in 1996 and 1997. Under Clawson's tutelage, receiver Brian Finneran won the Walter Payton Award, given to I-AA's most outstanding player, and running back Brian Westbrook became the first student-athlete in NCAA history to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

Clawson and his wife, Catherine, are the parents of two children, Courtney and Eric.


Clawson Coaching Timeline
Year Position School Record
2008 Offensive Coordinator Tennessee 5-7
2007 Head Coach Richmond 11-3
2006 Head Coach Richmond 6-5
2005 Head Coach * Richmond 9-4
2004 Head Coach Richmond 3-8
2003 Head Coach Fordham 9-3
2002 Head Coach % Fordham 10-3
2001 Head Coach Fordham 7-4
2000 Head Coach Fordham 3-8
1999 Head Coach Fordham 0-11
1998 Offensive Coordinator Villanova 6-5
1997 Offensive Coordinator * Villanova 12-1
1996 Offensive Coordinator & Villanova 8-4
1995 Offensive Coordinator # Lehigh 8-3
1994 Offensive Coordinator Lehigh 5-5-1
1993 Running Backs # Lehigh 7-4
1992 Quarterbacks/Running Backs Buffalo 4-6
1991 Secondary Buffalo 3-7
1990 Secondary Albany 3-7
1989 Quarterback/Running Backs Albany 5-4
Totals Head Coach 9 Years 58-49
Totals Overall 20 Years 124-102-1
* Atlantic 10 Conference Champions, I-AA Playoffs
% Patriot League Champions, I-AA Playoffs
& I-AA Playoffs
# Patriot League Champions
Clawson File
-- Aug. 16, 1967
-- Youngstown, N.Y.
-- Williams College-Massachusetts (1989) - Bachelor of Arts/
Political Economy
-- Albany (1992) - Master of
Liberal Arts
Playing Experience
-- Three-year starter at defensive back
-- Also played basketball
-- 2005 National Coach of the Year
-- 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
-- 2002 & 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award Finalist
-- 2002 Schutt Sports/American Football Monthly I-AA National Coach of the Year
-- 2002 Patriot League Coach of the Year
-- 2001 Patriot League Co-Coach of the Year


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