Furman has posted 6-2 league records in each of Clay Hendrix’s first two seasons at the helm of the Paladins. This year, the SoCon coaches have projected Furman to finish second in the league behind rival Wofford. Hendrix hopes the depth his coaching staff is building and experience from a pair of quality seasons will lead to an FCS playoff berth in 2019.

Coach Hendrix knows what it takes to reach the top. He played for a national championship as a member of the Paladins and coached the offensive line for the 1988 title team.

We spoke with Coach Hendrix as part of Fisher DeBerry’s South Carolina Coaches for Charity event in Greenville. Hendrix was a part of Troy Calhoun’s Air Force staff from 2007-2009.

The Paladins open their season August 31st, playing host to in-state foe Charleston Southern. Furman will take a trip to Blacksburg to square off with Virginia Tech September 14th a week ahead of opening conference play against Mercer.