Wake Forest has signed soccer coach Dave Clausen on what they call a long-term contract extension, as Clausen guides No. 21 Damon Deacon through a historically successful season.
The school announced the deal Friday night, a day before they play Wake Forest at Boston College to travel to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division title and league championship game. The private university did not release specific terms or the length of the deal to keep Clausen, who was discussed as a potential candidate for jobs open nationwide.
In a statement, Clausen said athletics director John Curry had contacted him earlier in the fall about an expansion as well as “advancing long-term investments in our program and staff.”
“The consistency of our staff has been a key factor in the success of our program and is another important step in ensuring that we have the ability to compete for championships and maintain the level of success our student-athletes have achieved. have the necessary resources to raise up and off the field,” Clausen said.
Clausen, 54, is in his eighth year with Damon Deacon (9-2, 6-1 acc). This year has seen Damon Deacon make the program’s first 8–0 debut, breaking the program’s previous record that began in 1944—nine years before the ACC was formed—while the number 10 event in the Wake Forest NWN Top- reached the best. 25 and No. 9 in the college football playoff rankings.
The Demons are leading the Deacons for their sixth straight Bowl game for the first time in the program’s history and securing their first ACC title since 2006.
Wake Forest’s success is built on developing prospects over time, usually starting with a redshirt year. In a statement, athletics director John Curry called Clausen “an elite coach, leader and program creator.”
“We wish he would end his coaching career as Wake Forest’s all-time winning coach,” Curry said.
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