Clay Hendrix is in his 10th season at the Academy as the offensive line coach and seventh 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 has won seven Mountain West Conference rushing titles and ranked in the top 10 nationally in eight of his nine seasons. Hendrix’s offensive line has paved the way for five top three finishes in the nation in rushing. The Falcons have averaged 300-plus yards four times. Last season, the offensive line featured first-team all-conference performer Sevrin Remmo. Air Force led the MW and ranked fourth nationally in rushing with a 319.4 per-game average. The squad led the nation in sacks allowed with just three.
In 2013, Hendrix’s offensive line worked with four different starting quarterbacks, yet still ranked first in the conference and fifth nationally in sacks allowed and in red zone offense. Air Force was second in the conference and 13th nationally in rushing with a 262.7 per-game average.
Air Force’s offense as a whole has ranked as one of the top units in the conference under Hendrix. The Falcons were third in the MW and 34th nationally in third down percentage with a 43.3 mark. In addition, Air Force was second in the conference first downs with 301 and penalities with just 38.3 yards per game.
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 (19) and Mac (15).