Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest
- by Zach Barnett 8 months ago
Dave Clawson will be the next head coach at Wake Forest according to multiple outlets. Clawson led Bowling Green to the MAC championship on Friday night and, as we know, there are few things in sports more reliable than the MAC springboard.
If Clawson does go to Wake Forest, that makes six straight MAC champion coaches who have gone on to BCS coaching jobs. — Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) December 10, 2013
Brian Kelly (2006), Butch Jones (2007, 2009), Turner Gill (2008), Mike Haywood (2010), Dave Doeren (2011, 2012), Dave Clawson (2013) — Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) December 10, 2013
Clawson is in his fifth season as Bowling Green's head coach, his 14th overall as a head coach and has built his reputation as a turnaround specialist.
Clawson went 0-11 in his first season at Fordham in 1999, and then went 19-6 in 2002-03. He then went 3-8 in his first year at Richmond, and had the Spiders at 11-3 and in the FCS semifinals three seasons later. After a one-year stay as Tennessee's offensive coordinator in Philip Fulmer's final season, Clawson took over at Bowling Green in 2009 and debuted with a 7-6 mark but fell to 2-10 in his second season. The Falcons have improved their win total in each subsequent season, moving to 5-7 in 2011, 8-5 a year ago and then this season's 10-3 mark, capped by the school's first conference title since 2002.
Clawson will take over for Jim Grobe, who went 77-82 in 13 seasons at Wake Forest. After leading the Demon Deacons to a 28-12 record from 2006-08, including the ACC championship in 2006, Grobe suffered five consecutive losing seasons - including this season's 4-8 mark - before stepping down on December 2.
After playing his college ball at Williams College, Clawson took his first coaching position at Albany in 1989. He then climbed the offensive ladder at Buffalo, Lehigh and Villanova before taking the Lehigh head coaching job in 1999.
Clawson is the fifth FBS head coach hired this season, following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio) and Craig Bohl (Wyoming). Counting the freshly-vacated Bowling Green job, there five open head coaching jobs in FBS.
As always, we will have more updates when they become available.