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Defensive Coordinator

Hawai'i
 
Background

Employment History

  • Defensive Coordinator
    Utah State
  • Coach
    Utah State
  • Defensive Coordinator
  • Defensive Coordinator
    Weber State University
  • Defensive Coordinator
    Southern Utah
  • Defensive Lineman
    Fullerton JC
  • Defensive Coordinator
    Andersen

Education

  • bachelor's degree , kinesiology
    Cal State Fullerton
39 Total References
Web References
Utah State Aggies Official Athletic Site - Football
www.utahstateaggies.com, 31 Dec 2014 [cached]
January 8, 2014 - Utah State's Kevin Clune Named Defensive Coordinator at Hawai'i
USUFans.com
www.usufans.com, 22 Jan 2015 [cached]
Kevin Clune is introduced as the new Defensive Coordinator at Utah State University on January 23, 2015 http://www.usufans.com/News/27322
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Kevin Clune and Josh Heupel are introduced as new Defensive and Offensive Coordinators at Utah State University on January 23, 2015
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Utah State football head coach Matt Wells introduced assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, and new defensive coordinator Kevin Clune at a press conference Friday.]]>
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USU coach Matt Wells named Heupel his offensive coordinator and Kevin Clune his defensive coordinator on Friday, filling two vital staff positions.Heupel’s hiring is pa...
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The Utah State Aggies finally made it official on Friday, naming Kevin Clune the defensive coordinator and Josh Heupel assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Heupel replaces Kevin McGiven, who left the program to join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State while Clune replaces Todd Orlando who left to become the defensive coordinator at Houston.
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The Utah State Aggies finally made it official on Friday, naming Kevin Clune the defensive coordinator and Josh Heupel assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Heupel replaces Kevin McGiven, who left the program to join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State while Clune replaces Todd Orlando who left to become the defensive coordinator at Houston.
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The Utah State Aggies finally made it official on Friday, naming Kevin Clune the defensive coordinator and Josh Heupel assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Heupel replaces Kevin McGiven, who left the program to join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State while Clune replaces Todd Orlando who left to become the defensive coordinator at Houston.
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The Utah State Aggies finally made it official on Friday, naming Kevin Clune the defensive coordinator and Josh Heupel assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Heupel replaces Kevin McGiven, who left the program to join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State while Clune replaces Todd Orlando who left to become the defensive coordinator at Houston.
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LOGAN, Utah - Kevin Clune, who has 12 years of coaching experience including seven as a coordinator, has been named Utah State's defensive coordinator it was announced Friday by Aggie head coach Matt
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Kevin Clune, who has 12 years of coaching experience including seven as a coordinator, has been named Utah State's defensive coordinator it was announced Friday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells.]]> http://www.usufans.com/News/27309
Utah State Aggies Official Athletic Site - On Campus
www.utahstateaggies.com, 30 Mar 2014 [cached]
Kevin Clune - Linebackers
The Rainbow Warriors, under ...
www.denverpost.com, 7 Nov 2014 [cached]
The Rainbow Warriors, under defensive coordinator Kevin Clune, formerly Utah State's linebackers coach, play that Aggies-style, aggressive, chance-taking defense. Edge: Colorado State.
Wes Nakama: Hiring of Kevin ...
westhawaiitoday.com, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Wes Nakama: Hiring of Kevin Clune could be a steal for UH football
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HONOLULU - The hiring of former Utah State linebackers coach Kevin Clune as the University of Hawaii football team's new defensive coordinator was met with mostly quiet reaction last week, from "Who dat? to "Who cares?"
But a year from now, for the Rainbow Warriors the reaction will hopefully be, "What a steal!"
From several perspectives, that already could appear to the case.
True, Clune may not have instant name recognition and does not come from a "name" brand program.
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Clune appears to be that person.
After five successful seasons as linebackers coach at Utah State, he is in prime position for a promotion to NCAA Division I defensive coordinator. Maybe not at a top-notch program, but surely for a mid-to-low major school like Hawaii.
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Utah State led the Mountain West Conference in eight defensive categories this past season, and three linebackers coached by Clune earned all-conference honors.
By comparison, UH finished 115th in the nation (out of 125 teams) in total defense (494.7 ypg) and 113th in scoring defense (38.8 ppg) this past season.
In his duties as linebackers coach, Clune was involved in all phases of the Aggies defense: game planning, scouting and play-calling. He previously served as defensive coordinator at Weber State (2005-08), which advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals in 2008 and led the Big Sky Conference in pass defense (208.4 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (109.4) that season.
Clune also was defensive coordinator at Southern Utah in 2003 and 2004.
So he brings to the table these credentials and advantages:
There will be only a subtle learning curve as far as putting together effective scouting reports and game plans for Mountain West opponents, since he already experienced success against most of them. And he obviously knows what to expect from Utah State, which routed the Rainbow Warriors 47-10 last season. He already has a good idea about what UH and Chow are about, having just studied them less than three months ago. Clune also said he and Chow had met and crossed paths many times before. He comes from a program that has similar challenges and resources as Hawaii, as opposed to someone used to coaching players from a different talent level - like Chow. Clune has proved he can make Division I winners out of recruits who were not necessarily four-or-five-star caliber. He's affordable. At $160,000 per year, he will make 36 percent ($90,000/year) less than his predecessor, Thom Kaumeyer. That is crucial for an athletic department that is bleeding red ink and needing money for other things. He's motivated. This job represents not just a climb in the coaching ladder but also a chance to prove he has potential to climb even higher - like a top-level school coordinator position or even a head coaching job. But he knows he will first be judged by what he achieves here.
The major question that remains is Clune's ability to relate to the Rainbow Warriors and recruit future ones. He lacks the strong Hawaii ties that the above-mentioned candidates have, and has yet to prove he can recruit local and Mainland kids to UH.
But if he can recruit players to spend two or four years at Logan, Utah, then Honolulu should not be much more difficult.
With National Letter of Intent Day only three weeks away, that may not matter much anyway for this recruiting season.
The more pressing matter is spring football and the 2014 season, and Clune seems to be more prepared for that than anyone else UH could have hired, under the circumstances.
That, among other reasons, is why he may turn out to be a steal.
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