Bryan McClendon

Bryan Edward McClendon (born December 28, 1983) is an American football coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and former player. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of South Carolina. McClendon served as the interim head football coach at the University of Georgia for the final game of the 2015 season, the TaxSlayer Bowl.[1]

Bryan McClendon
Current position
TitleWide Receivers Coach
TeamPittsburgh Steelers
Biographical details
Born (1983-12-28) December 28, 1983 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
Playing career
2002–2005Georgia
2006Chicago Bears
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2007–2008Georgia (GA)
2009–2013Georgia (RB)
2014Georgia (RB/RC)
2015Georgia (AHC/WR/RC)
2015Georgia (interim HC)
2016–2018South Carolina (co-OC/WR)
2019South Carolina (OC/WR)
2020South Carolina (WR)
PresentPittsburgh Steelers (WR)
Head coaching record
Overall1–0
Bowls1–0

Early life and playing careerEdit

McClendon played high school football at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He played wide receiver at the University of Georgia and graduated in 2005. He was part of a senior class that won 44 games, the most in Georgia history. As a senior in 2005, McClendon caught the game-winning touchdown pass from DJ Shockley with 3:18 left in Georgia's 14–7 win over Georgia Tech. After college, he spent one summer with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).[2]

Coaching careerEdit

McClendon began his career at Georgia as a graduate assistant and was promoted to running backs coach when Tony Ball was moved to wide receivers coach.[3] From 2009 to 2013 he served as the running backs coach for Georgia, but was reassigned to wide recovers coach in 2014 after Thomas Brown was hired from the Wisconsin Badgers.[4] From 2014 to 2015 McClendon served as the recruiting coordinator for Georgia. On January 12, 2015, he was promoted and given the title of assistant head coach. Following the departure of Mark Richt from Georgia in late 2015, McClendon was named interim head coach for the TaxSlayer Bowl.

After Georgia hired Kirby Smart as their head new coach, McClendon left to become the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of South Carolina. On January 5, 2018, McClendon was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Gamecocks. However, he was demoted after the conclusion of the 2019 season as South Carolina's offense only scored one touchdown in their last twelve quarters of football. After being demoted he resumed his prior role as wide receivers coach, with no coordinator responsibilities.[5]

FamilyEdit

McClendon is married to the former Amber Arnold of Atlanta. They have one son, Bryan. McClendon is the son of former running back Willie McClendon, who also played at Georgia and with the Chicago Bears.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2015)
2015 Georgia 1–0 0–0 3rd (Eastern) W TaxSlayer Bowl 24
Georgia: 1–0 0–0
Total: 1–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2015-12-23/bryan-mcclendon-going-georgia-south-carolina-coaching-staff
  2. ^ Bryan Mclendon. Official Athletic Site of the University of Georgia. 2009[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Bulldogs Getting Ready to Hit. By Doug Stutsman- sports@macon.com 2009[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Georgia hires Wisconsin RB coach Thomas Brown". cbssports.com. February 16, 2015.
  5. ^ [1] Promotion, McClendon gets promotion to OC.
  6. ^ "Bryan McClendon". georgiadogs.com. February 16, 2015.

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