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Former Lehigh coach Dave Clawson to Tennessee

One of the Lehigh head coaching "family" just got a big-time promotion. Richmond head football coach Dave Clawson has accepted an offensive coordinator position at Tennessee.

Here's what Tennessee head coach Fullmer had to say:

Today is an exciting day for the Tennessee football program as we introduce Dave Clawson as our new offensive coordinator. Dave brings experience both as an offensive coordinator at Lehigh and Villanova and a head coach at Fordham and Richmond. During his eight seasons as a head coach, he has proven himself as a program builder, being named national Division I-AA coach of the year twice.

Dave brings a great work ethic, high energy and is a great teacher of quarterbacks. His multiple offensive system using the talents of the players available to their fullest has been impressive. He has a great passion for recruiting, which is important for Tennessee, and his experience as a head coach will serve us well.


Congratulations to coach Clawson for an incredible opportunity at one of the highest-profile coordinator jobs in the country.

Now that the Richmond head football coaching job is open, folks are now wondering: who's next at Richmond? Perhaps looking at Clawson's Lehigh connections, two early names lifted as possible candidates are former Lehigh head football coaches Pete Lembo at Elon and Kevin Higgins at The Citadel. Chances of them going to Richmond? Pretty slim, if you ask me - but then again, stranger things have happened.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I would be surprised if either Higgins or Lembo would be interested. It would only be a 'lateral' move and starting over again. They, like Clawson, are now positioned to move up the 'big time' with another good season at two at their current schools.

--Ngineer
Anonymous said…
Actually Richmond out of the A10 is a better gig than Elon or the Citadel regarding career moves. Im not saying the A10 is a stronger conference than the Southern, but as far as name recognition and prestige, Richmond would be a step up in the coaching ranks and not a lateral move in my opinion.
Anonymous said…
Bob Heffner - wouldnt that just put a smile on the face of LU faithful.
Ngineer said…
Agreed on Heffner,,AND if he does have aspirations to become an HC, that would be natural move. Similar size school only he'd have scholarships to play with. Plus UR now has a past in luring PL coaches as Clawson came from Fordham after his OC stint here.

--Ngineer

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