Fisher DeBerry Josh Conklin Brent Thompson Clay Hendrix Buddy Pough Will Muschamp Dabo Swinney
Buy Tickets Now
South Carolina Coaches
Honorary Chairmen
Community MVP
Photos 2019
Photos 2018
Photos 2017
Photos 2016
Photos 2015
Photos 2014
Photos 2013
Photos 2012
Contact Us
Fisher DeBerry Foundation

Clay Hendrix

Head Football Coach
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.