Meet the Falcons | Dave Clawson

Coach Clawson

Head Coach, Third Season
Williams College-Massachusetts, 1989

Dave Clawson became the 17th head football coach at Bowling Green State University on Dec. 12, 2008 and enters his third year at the help of the Falcon Football program.

Clawson brings 22 years of coaching experience, including 11 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.

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.

In his first year at BGSU he led the Falcons to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl. He helped direct an offense that featured Biletnikoff Award finalist Freddie Barnes to a nation’s best 155 receptions (NCAA record), while also earning first-team All-MAC honors. Clawson continued that trend in 2010, helping Kamar Jordan lead the conference with 96 catches, also earning first-team All-MAC accolades. The 251 receptions by Barnes and Jorden are the most in the country by different receivers in the past two seasons.

Prior to BGSU, 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. Nine times in his 16 years as either an offensive coordinator or head coach, Clawson’s quarterbacks earned all-conference honors, including BGSU’s Tyler Sheehan, who threw for a school record 4,051 yards in 2009.

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), played for Clawson.

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 Honors
• 2007 CAA Coach of the Year
• 2005 & 2007 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association Division-I
  Commonwealth Coach of the Year
• 2005 I-AA.org National Coach of the Year
• 2005 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year
• 2002 & 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year 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

Dave Clawson became the 17th head football coach at Bowling Green State University on Dec. 12, 2008 and enters his third year at the help of the Falcon Football program.

Clawson brings 22 years of coaching experience, including 11 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.

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.

In his first year at BGSU he led the Falcons to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl. He helped direct an offense that featured Biletnikoff Award finalist Freddie Barnes to a nation’s best 155 receptions (NCAA record), while also earning first-team All-MAC honors. Clawson continued that trend in 2010, helping Kamar Jordan lead the conference with 96 catches, also earning first-team All-MAC accolades. The 251 receptions by Barnes and Jorden are the most in the country by different receivers in the past two seasons.

Prior to BGSU, 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. Nine times in his 16 years as either an offensive coordinator or head coach, Clawson’s quarterbacks earned all-conference honors, including BGSU’s Tyler Sheehan, who threw for a school record 4,051 yards in 2009.

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), played for Clawson.

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.

BGSU Head Coaching Records

Coach Years    W   L T Pct
Dave Clawson (1) 2009-PR 9 16 0 .360
Gregg Brandon (5) 2003-08 38 24 0 .613
Urban Meyer (2) 2001-02 17 6 0 .739
Gary Blackney (10) 1991-2000 60 50 2 .540
Moe Ankney (5) 1986-90 20 31 3 .398
Denny Stolz (9) 1977-85 56 45 1 .553
Don Nehlen (9) 1968-76 53 35 4 .598
Bob Gibson (3) 1965-67 19 9 0 .679
Doyt Perry (10) 1955-64 77 11 5 .855
Robert Whittaker (14) 1941-54 66 50 7 .565
Harry Ockerman (6) 1935-40 20 19 9 .510
Warren Steller (11) 1924-34 40 21 19 .619
R.B. McCandless (1) 1923 3 5 0 .375
Allen Snyder (1) 1922 4 2 1 .643
Earl Krieger (1) 1921 3 1 1 .700
Walter Jean (1) 1920 1 4 0 .200
John Stitt (1) 1919 0 3 0 .000


Clawson File
Hometown
Youngstown, N.Y

Birthdate
Aug. 16, 1967

Wife
Catherine

Children
Courtney, Eric

Career Head Coaching Record
65-55

Record at BGSU
7-6 (6-2 MAC)

Clawson Coaching Chronology
1989................. Albany ............... Quarterbacks/Runningbacks
1990................. Albany................. Secondary
1991................. Buffalo.................Secondary
1992................. Buffalo................ Quarterbacks/Runningbacks
1993................. Lehigh................. Runningbacks
1994-95.............Lehigh................. Offensive Coordinator
1996-98.............Villanova............. Offensive Coordinator
1999-2003.........Fordham.............. Head Coach
2004-07.............Richmond.............Head Coach
2008................. Tennessee............Offensive Coordinator
2009-PR ............Bowling Green.....Head Coach