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Robbie Caldwell

Position: Assistant Coach, Offensive Linemen

• Has a staff-high 42 years of experience in college coaching and staff-high 507 games as a college coach.

• In 2019, became the second active FBS assistant coach to coach 500 career games at the college level.

• Clemson has an 111-16 record, nine 10-plus win seasons and nine top-25 final rankings in his first nine years on staff, as well as six ACC titles, four appearances in the national championship game and national titles in 2016 and 2018.

• In 2019, helped guard John Simpson earn consensus All-America status and an Outland Trophy semifinalist selection.

• Simpson was one of all five starters along the offensive line to earn All-ACC honors in 2019. Entering 2020, Clemson offensive linemen have earned 22 all-conference selections since 2015, the most from any Power Five program in the country.

Helped Clemson produce a school-record 3,723 rushing yards in 2018, breaking the record of 3,469 that had stood since 1978. Also broke the school records in yards per carry (6.55) and rushing touchdowns (49).

• His line allowed only 17 sacks in 15 games in 2018, including only five in the season’s final eight games.

• Coached offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt to consensus All-America status and his second consecutive Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2018 and guided all five of his starting linemen from the season opener to All-ACC honors.

• Had three First-Team All-ACC offensive linemen (Tyrone Crowder, Justin Falcinelli, Hyatt) in 2017.

• Coached three First-Team All-ACC offensive linemen (Crowder, Jay Guillermo, Hyatt) in 2016, a Tiger first.

• Coached five All-ACC selections in the 2015 season, Clemson’s entire starting five, for the first time in school history.

• Coached tackle Brandon Thomas, a third-round draft pick, to his second-straight All-ACC selection in 2013. Guard Tyler Shatley also earned All-ACC honors that season.

• In 2012, he coached first-team All-American Dalton Freeman and Thomas, a first-team All-ACC pick. Freeman was a Rimington Trophy finalist for the second year in a row.

• In 2011, Freeman was a Rimington Trophy finalist and a first-team All-ACC selection.

• Served as Vanderbilt’s head coach in 2010 after eight years as offensive line coach at Vanderbilt. He was a part of the 2008 Vanderbilt staff that guided it to its first winning season and bowl win since 1955.

• Joined Clemson graduate Bobby Johnson’s staff at Vanderbilt in 2002.

• Coached at North Carolina in 2000 and 2001.

• Moved with Dick Sheridan to NC State in 1986. He was part of a Wolfpack resurgence, as he helped turn a 3-8 team (1985) into an 8-3-1 club that beat three top-25 teams in 1986. He was on the NC State staff when it beat Clemson three straight years (1986-88).

• Coached the Wolfpack offensive line for 11 years, then added assistant head coaching responsibilities during his last three years. He had 14 All-ACC picks.

• Served under Sheridan for eight years and Furman won six league titles during that era. He coached eight first-team all-conference players and five recipients of the SoCon’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

• He started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Furman under Art Baker in 1976 and became a full-time offensive line coach with the Paladins under Sheridan in 1978. Was inducted into the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

• In 1977, he served as the football and baseball coach at Hanahan (S.C.) High School.

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