Aug. 11, 1999
Playing football for Clemson is obviously a good preparation for young men who wish to make coaching a career. No less than 11 former Clemson gridders are currently college coaches. The list includes three former Tiger lettermen who will coach against Clemson this year.
The group is headed by Mike O’Cain, the head coach at NC State, who was Clemson’s team MVP in 1976. His Wolfpack defeated the Tigers last year 46-39 in one of the most exciting games in the history of Death Valley. When Clemson travels to Virginia Tech this year it will face two former Clemson players on the opposing sideline. Virginia Tech’s offensive coordinator is Ricky Bustle, who played for the Tigers from 1973-76. The Hokies wide receivers coach is Danny Pearman, a tight end for the Tigers from 1984-87.
The list does not include many former Tigers who are now high school coaches. Recent quarterbacks Louis Solomon (1992-95) and Richard Moncrief (1989-93) are currently high school coaches in New Jersey and Alabama, respectively. Jeff Cruce, who played for Clemson from 1981-84, coached 1999 signee Jerald Howard at Hanahan High.
Here is a list of former Tiger Football Players who are college coaches
Name at CU Current School Position Ricky Bustle 1973-76 Virginia Tech Offensive Coordinator J.C. Harper 1985-88 McNeese State Defensive Line Lawson Holland 1972-74 Florida Wide Receivers Bobby Johnson 1970-72 Furman Head Coach Chris Lancaster 1985-87 San Houston St. Offensive line Kevin Mack 1980-83 Texas Southern Running Back Arlington Nunn 1987-90 Stephen F. Austin Secondary Mike O'Cain 1973-76 NC State Head Coach Danny Pearman 1984-87 Virginia Tech Wide Receivers Todd Schonhar 1985-88 Sam Houston St. Wide Receivers Ron West 1977-78 Clemson Offensive Line
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