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Clay Hendrix

Head Football Coach
Furman
2016 - Present


Clay Hendrix, a member of the AFCA I-AA Coaches' Executive Committee, is now in his 19th year as coach of Furman's offensive line and fifth season as assistant head coach. Since joining the staff in 1988, he has played a central role in Furman's success as his offensive lines have helped the Paladins post a 147-73-1 record, win six Southern Conference titles, and claim the 1988 NCAA I-AA national crown. The success Furman has enjoyed over the last seven years, including a combined 65-24 record and three league titles, has been due in large measure to the work of Hendrix-directed fronts. In 2001 a line featuring three All-Americans paved the way for consensus All-America and 2000 Walter Payton Award winning tailback Louis Ivory to record his third straight 1,000-yard season and finish as Furman's all-time leading rusher (5,353 yards) and scorer (318 points). In 2004 three Paladin offensive linemen earned post-season honors, including tackle Ben Bainbridge, who became the latest Hendrix product to garner prestigious SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award honors, and a year ago two Paladins, guard Patrick Covington and center Corey Stewart, landed All-America citations, and two others, guard Brian Laggis and tackle John Kivett, were named all-conference. In terms of recognition, 23 Hendrix-coached players have earned first-team all-conference honors and 11 have been named All-America. In addition, five products -- center Steve Duggan (1990), guard Ben Hall (1999), tackle Josh Moore (2000), tackle Donnie Littlejohn (2001), and Ben Bainbridge (2004) -- have received the Southern Conference's Jacobs Blocking Award. A product of Commerce, Ga., he starred as an offensive guard as a prep, helping Commerce to a 13-1 record and 1981 AA state championship. A 1986 Furman graduate, he was a three-year starter from 1982-85 when Furman rolled up a 39-10-1 record. He also played on three league title teams and four nationally-ranked squads, including the 1985 national runner-up team. Furman also recorded impressive wins over South Carolina (1982), Georgia Tech (1983), and N.C. State (1984 & '85) during his tenure. He was named all-state in 1985. Following graduation, he joined Dick Sheridan's coaching staff at North Carolina State as a graduate assistant before returning to Furman in 1988. He and his wife, LeeAnn Hedgpeth of Taylors, S.C., have two sons, Clayton Callaway, and William McDaniel.