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Dave Clawson Agrees to Become Wake Forest Football Head Coach

Dave Clawson is the new head coach of Wake Forest.
Dave Clawson is the new head coach of Wake Forest.Leon Halip/Getty Images
Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2017

Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson has agreed to take over Wake Forest's football program, the team announced. 

The school continued with a statement from Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman:

"We are very pleased to have Dave Clawson leading our football program," said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs. Dave[apos]s expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program."

Scott Swegan of BGSUFalcons.com confirmed Adam Scheier will take over as interim head coach for Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics, D. Christopher Kingston, has announced the appointment of Adam Scheier as Interim Head Football Coach. The decision comes after Dave Clawson agreed to become the head football coach at Wake Forest University Tuesday. Scheier will lead the Falcons in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.

Swegan continued with a statement from Scheier:

"I am honored to serve as Bowling Green's interim head coach," Scheier said. "The opportunity to lead this group of young men as we put the finishing touches on this special season is both humbling and exciting. This team and in particular, this group of seniors, has established a championship culture here at BG and I am confident that we will represent BGSU and the MAC well at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl."

Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel was first to report the news on Monday, Dec. 9:

Former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe resigned after going 4-8 for his fifth straight losing season. Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman, a Bowling Green alum, is hoping Coach Clawson will be able to accomplish what he did at Fordham and Richmond and drag an academically focused school out of its losing ways.

Clawson is widely regarded as an excellent program builder and recruiter, and he’s found great success in his last three coaching stints. He inherited a Fordham program that had wallowed through 10 straight losing seasons and overhauled the recruiting process. He ended his tenure going 24-6 and won a Patriot League championship in 2002.

After coaching spells with Richmond and Tennessee (as the Vols' offensive coordinator), Clawson took over as the head coach of Bowling Green before the 2009 season.

The Falcons saw incremental improvement each season, ending with a dominant victory in the MAC title game last week to clinch the school’s first conference title since 1992.

Wellman was at that championship game and saw Coach Clawson’s team demolish the previously undefeated (and nationally ranked) Northern Illinois Huskies 47-27.

That performance clearly made an impression, as Clawson was named head coach just three days later.

The former Bowling Green coach beat out Ball State’s Pete Lembo for the job, and Clawson will bring his knack for player development and program expansion to Wake Forest in an effort to make the program a relevant name in ACC football.

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