Bowling Green has announced a contract extension for head coach Dave Clawson that will keep the football coach at Bowling Green through at least 2018. The school announced the news with a press release Monday morning.
“I appreciate the confidence shown in me and our football staff by president Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey and our athletics director, Greg Christopher,” said Clawson. “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 was hired by Bowling Green to lead the football program in 2009 after one season as offensive coordinator at Tennessee. Clawson had previously been a head coach at FCS programs Richmond and Fordham. In his four years on the job Clawson has already been through some ups and downs. After inheriting a program coming off a .500 season Clawson immediately took the Falcons to a bowl appearance, a loss in the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009, and struggled through back-to-back losing seasons. But this was a part of a process for Clawson and Bowling Green, needing to revamp the program with young talent and grow along the way.
Last season Bowling Green returned to the postseason but came up short in the Military Bowl. Under Clawson Bowling green has gone 22-28 with a 16-16 record in MAC play. Considering that record includes a 2-10 season, perhaps Bowling Green sees enough positives to pull from to instill faith in the head coach moving forward.
“Dave has done a terrific job of rebuilding our football program,” said Christopher. “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.”
The extension for Clawson goes hand-in-hand with the school’s long-term vision for the future of the football program, which will be highlighted by facility upgrades at the football practice building as well as in aging Doyt L. Perry Stadium.
According to the school’s press release Bowling Green will install new FieldTurf at Perry Fieldhouse prior to the start of the 2013 season. Recent upgrades for the football program have included a new artificial turf in the stadium and a new high-definition scoreboard but the school is putting together a plan for a significant stadium upgrade. Doyt Perry Stadium, built in 1966, has a capacity of just fewer than 24,000, the smallest capacity of any stadium in the MAC.
Additional terms of Clawson’s extended contract were not reported. USA Today reports Clawson was making a total pay of $364,200 last season, the seventh highest total pay in the MAC.
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