Clay Hendrix is in his ninth season at the Academy as the offensive line coach and sixth 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 six Mountain West Conference rushing titles and ranked in the top 10 nationally in seven of his eight seasons. 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 three times. Last season, the offensive line featured first-team all-conference performer and Rimington Trophy Watch List honoree Michael Husar, who started the year at center and proved the versatility of the unit by moving to guard during the season half of the season to help strengthen the team. Air Force ranked second in the MW and sixth nationally in rushing last year with a 273.1 per-game average. The squad was second in the conference and sixth nationally in sacks allowed with just 12.
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 fourth down percentage with a 59.3 mark and also ranked fifth in third-down percentage at 44.2 percent.
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 (18) and Mac (14).