Clancy Pendergast is the former defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, California Golden Bears, and USC Trojans football teams.
Early coaching career
He was a graduate assistant or assistant coach at Mississippi State, University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma, and University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining the Houston Oilers in 1995.
After a year with the Oilers, he joined the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent seven seasons, first as defensive assistant/quality control/linebackers coach (since 1996–99), and later handing responsibilities in nickel defense packages (2000) and the secondary (2001–02). Similarly, Pendergast helped develop first-round draft pick Roy Williams into a Pro Bowl safety. In 2003, he was linebackers coach with the Cleveland Browns.
While working in Cleveland, Pendergast impressed personnel man Jeremy Green to the point that when Green’s father, Dennis Green, became the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Jeremy convinced him to interview Pendergast for the job.
Career in California Golden Bears
On February 19, 2010, Pendergast was hired as defensive coordinator for the California Golden Bears, succeeding Bob Gregory. Likewise, under Pendergast, the Golden Bears led the conference in total defense, pass defense and fewest first downs allowed in 2010 and 2011. Pendergast also helped produce nine NFL players, including first-round pick defensive end Cameron Jordan, and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Mychal Kendricks. He gained a reputation for containing the spread offense after his 2010 Bears slowed down Chip Kelly’s No. 1 ranked Oregon Ducks, holding them to 40 points below their average in a 15–13 loss.
Career in USC Trojans
Under Pendergast, USC’s defense shifted from a 4–3 alignment to a 5–2 with elements of the 3–4 defense. Although head coach Lane Kiffin was fired midseason, Pendergast’s defense. Similarly, finished the season ranked 13th in the nation and led the Pac-12.
Moreover, he did not return to the team in 2014, but did so in 2016 after spending 2015. And that was as inside linebackers coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Pendergast spent four seasons in his return to the Trojans.
The son of a farmer, Pendergast attended Tolleson High School, where his sister, Bonnie Pendergast, now teaches calculus. Further, he graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Pendergast did not play football in college, but did coach his fraternity team (Phi Gamma Delta).
- Full Name: Clarence Clifford Pendergast III
- Date of Birth: November 29, 1967
- Age: 52 years
- Birth Place: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Team coached: USC Trojans football (Defensive coordinator, since 2016)
- Conference: Pacific-12 Conference
- Education: The University of Arizona, Tolleson Union High School
- Alma mater Arizona
- Net Worth: N/A
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