Clay Hendrix is in his seventh season at the Academy as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and fourth as associate head coach.
Hendrix made his presence in the program known early, as he has turned the offensive line into one of the team's strengths each season and one of the best units in the conference each year.
Air Force won its 14th straight conference rushing title in 2012, while finishing second nationally with an average of 316.2 yards per game. Hendrix's offensive line has paved the way for five top three finishes in the nation in rushing in six seasons. The Falcons have averaged 300-plus yards in each of the last three seasons. Last season Hendrix's offensive line featured three different starting centers due to injury and was led by seniors Jason Kons and Jordan Eason.
Air Force's offense has ranked as one of the top units in the conference under Hendrix. Air Force finished third in the conference in total offense (418.8) last year. Air Force was also third in the conference in first downs and led the league in fewest sacks allowed with just eight. Air Force set a new single-season school record in 2011 with 454 points, while the scoring average ranked fourth all-time. In addition, Air Force also ranked third in school history with 43 rushing touchdowns and fourth with 16 passing TDs. The team's 60.3 completion percentage was second best in Air Force history.
Hendrix came to Air Force after completing 19 seasons at NCAA I-AA Furman as the offensive line coach, including the last five as assistant head coach. Since joining the staff in 1988, he played a central role in Furman's success as his offensive lines 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 enjoyed over his last seven years, including a combined 65-24 record and three league titles, was due in large measure to the work of Hendrix-directed fronts.
A product of Commerce, Ga., he starred as an offensive guard as a prep, helping Commerce High School to a 13-1-1 record and the 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, the former LeeAnn Hedgpeth of Taylors, S.C., have two sons, Cal (16), and Mac (12).