Clawson: ‘We have a blueprint for success’


Wake Forest Football is in a rebuilding process under third-year coach Dave Clawson. For Clawson, it’s not an unfamiliar situation.

Before arriving at Wake Forest, Clawson was a head coach at Fordham, Richmond and Bowling Green. While at Fordham in 1999, Clawson’s team went 0-11. Three years later, Clawson and the Rams hoisted a trophy as winners of the Patriot League Championship.

In 2004, Clawson was tasked with turning around a 3-8 team at Richmond. Just a year later, he guided the Spiders to the A-10 Championship, and in 2007, Richmond won the Colonial Athletic Association title.

Bowling Green saw the same successful rebuild under Clawson, winning the MAC title just three years after finishing 2-10.

The Demon Deacons have finished 3-9 in each of Clawson’s first two years, but the head coach knows this position all too well and has a plan in place.

“It’s a blueprint that obviously we believe in,” Clawson said during a visit with The David Glenn Show. “It has been successfull before.”

Clawson knows that it’s a tougher task inside a Power 5 conference, however.

“The blueprint has got to be tweaked everywhere,” Clawson stated. “It wasn’t the exact same blueprint at all three places, because you have to adjust to the school you’re at, where you coach, the conference your in.

“I think we are on an upward trajectory. My goal is that if we get better every year, eventually we will get there.”

During the discussion, Clawson also discussed the youth of his team, the advantage of playing seven home games and the improvement the Demon Deacons have shown in the weight room. Click below to hear the full interview: