Clemson, S.C.—Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has announced the hiring of former state championship high school coaches Mickey Conn and Kyle Richardson. Conn will serve as Senior Defensive Analyst and Richardson will serve as Senior Offensive Analyst.
Conn started the program at Grayson High School in Grayson, Ga. in 2000. In 16 years leading the Rams he had a record of 137-48 and took them to seven region championships. He won at least 10 games in eight of the last nine years, including a 13-1 record in 2015 when Grayson reached the semifinals of the state playoff.
Conn led Grayson to a state championship in 2011 when one of his top running backs was current Clemson player Wayne Gallman, who set a Clemson single season record in 2015 with 1527 yards. Current Clemson players Ryan Carter and Nick Schuessler were also products of Conn’s team at Grayson.
Swinney and Conn were teammates on Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team. Conn is a 1993 Alabama graduate who spent two years as a graduate assistant with the Crimson Tide before moving into the high school ranks.
Richardson was the head coach at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C. from 2011-15. In that time his program posted a 58-14 record and won state championships in 2013 and 2015. His 2013 team finished seventh nationally in the final USA Today rankings.
Richardson guided Northwestern to three state title game appearances and won four regional championships. He was 13-3 in postseason play in his five years as the head coach. Northwestern won the state title in 2010 when he was an assistant coach under Jimmy Wallace.
Among Richardson’s former players is current Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who led the Cowboys to a 10-3 record in 2015.
Richardson has previous coaching experience at the college level as the coached wide receivers at Southeastern Louisiana. He is a graduate of Appalachian State.
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