Vanderbilt hires alum Lea, as their head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Vanderbilt Commodores have hired Clark Lea as their head football coach. He replaces Derek Mason, who was fired on November 29th.

Lea gets to return to his alma mater with this new hire. He has two degrees from Vanderbilt, as well as serving as a student-athlete at the school.

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This will be Lea’s first head coaching opportunity. Before coming back to his hometown, where he played from 2002 through 2004, he was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.

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“Clark Lea is the leader we trust to continue the challenging but exciting work that will elevate the Vanderbilt football program to unprecedented heights,” Lee said. “He embodies the demonstrated commitment to success, the integrity and the strategic thinking that it takes to build a winning football program, and help our student-athletes reach their full potential. He understands the important role that athletics plays in the life of a vibrant university, and that outstanding scholarly pursuits and top-notch athletics are integral parts of the Vanderbilt experience.

“It was clear that the college football world is aware of the tremendous value proposition Vanderbilt holds, and that was reflected by the deep pool of talent that showed an interest in this position. We are so excited to be introducing him as our head football coach because we are confident that he can build upon our successes on and off the field. Coach Lea will be an incredible asset to our university and community.”

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Before becoming the Fighting Irish’s defensive coordinator and one season as their linebackers coach, the 38-year-old Lea also spent one season with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He was employed for three seasons by the Syracuse Orange.

He also worked for Bowling Green, UCLA, and South Dakota State.

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