Wake Forest hires Bowling Green's Clawson

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Updated: 12/10/2013 2:55 pm

Winston-Salem, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dave Clawson was named as the 32nd head football coach in Wake Forest University history on Tuesday.

Clawson joins the Demon Deacons after five seasons as the head coach at Bowling Green State University. He takes over for Jim Grobe, who resigned earlier this month after a 13-year run with the school.

The 46-year-old Clawson guided Bowling Green to a 10-3 record as well as this year's MAC championship, with the Falcons knocking off previously unbeaten Northern Illinois, 47-27, in last Friday's title game to earn their first league crown since 1992.

The Falcons received a bid to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26. Clawson will yield his position as head coach at Bowling Green and will not coach the Falcons in the bowl game.

Bowling Green announced on Tuesday that special teams coordinator Adam Scheier will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game.

"We are very pleased to have Dave Clawson leading our football program," said Wake Forest director of athletics Ron Wellman. "Dave is a proven winner and leader and has had great success at every institution he has coached. Dave has rebuilt every program that he has coached and has led each institution to a conference championship. He has developed a national reputation as a builder of programs. Dave's expectations for our program and players are extremely high. We have much to look forward to with his leadership of our program."

Clawson compiled a 32-31 overall mark over five seasons at Bowling Green and previously put together successful stints as a head coach at both Fordham and Richmond, having led both of those FCS schools to playoff appearances during his tenures there.

Clawson will have to turn around a Wake Forest team that went 4-8 in 2013.

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