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University signs Clawson through 2018

After finishing the most successful football season since 2004, BG Athletics Director Greg Christopher extended Head Football Coach Dave Clawson’s contract through the 2018 season.

The five-year extension was based on Clawson’s body of work during his four-year stint with the Falcons. Clawson took the job in 2009 and earned a bid to the Humanitarian Bowl that year. The following two seasons were rebuilding years, which cumulated into a trip to the 2012 Military Bowl.

Clawson has a 22-28 overall record with two bowl appearances as well as having coached some of the greatest BG football athletes of the past decades.

Before coaching the Falcons, Clawson earned Division I-AA Coach of the Year twice: once at Fordham and once at Richmond. Clawson was also named his league’s coach of the year four times in his seven years at that level.

None of his seasons proved more impressive than this past one. During the 2012 season, BG fielded 10 All-MAC players, including six on the defensive side of the ball. BG became recognized for its defense as it finished the year sixth overall nationally. Defensive tackle Chris Jones earned All-American honors and finished seventh in the nation in sacks.

“I appreciate the confidence shown in me and our football staff by President Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey and our athletics director, Greg Christopher,” Clawson told the athletics department. “Both Dr. Mazey and Greg have been extremely supportive in my time here and they have made it clear the University has made a commitment to the future of BGSU football. We have built a solid foundation over the past four years, and I look forward to continuing to build and grow our program.”

Clawson’s extension is a big commitment to the Football program and has set in motion another planned renovation in adding new FieldTurf to the Perry Field House next season. FieldTurf has already been installed in the Doyt.

The new contract hasn’t been signed yet but will be in the upcoming weeks once the content has been finalized. Despite that, being a collegiate head coach is a testament that the job never stops. Clawson and his staff have been out recruiting members to replace several graduating seniors. According to, the Falcons have managed to secure the 30th and 47th best running backs in the nation.

“Dave has done a terrific job of rebuilding our football program,” Christopher said. “We now have a solid foundation for continued success. Dave has not only instilled a winning culture, but he runs a first-rate program that represents the entire University in a positive fashion. This extension is about our commitment to Dave, the coaching staff and the entire football program.”

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