Clancy Pendergast

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Clancy Pendergast
Clancy Pendergrast at Cal spring practice 2010-04-17.JPG
Pendergast at Cal spring practice in April 2010
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1967-11-29) November 29, 1967 (age 46)
Phoenix, Arizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991
1992
1993–1994
1995
1996–2002
2003
2004–2008
2009
2010–2012
2013
Mississippi State (GA)
USC (GA)
Oklahoma (GA/TE)
Houston Oilers (DQC)
Dallas Cowboys (DB)
Cleveland Browns (LB)
Arizona Cardinals (DC)
Kansas City Chiefs (DC/DB)
California (DC)
USC (DC)

Clancy Pendergast (born November 29, 1967) is a former defensive coordinator for the USC Trojans football team. He is the former defensive coordinator for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and the University of California Golden Bears.

Early Coaching career[edit]

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 (1996–99), and later handing responsibilities in nickel defense packages (2000) and the secondary (2001–02). Pendergast helped develop first-round draft pick Roy Williams into a Pro Bowl safety. In 2003, he was linebackers coach with the Cleveland Browns.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

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. Green was so impressed that he hired Pendergast as the Cardinal's Defensive Coordinator.

After Dennis Green's firing, he was retained as defensive coordinator under new Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Pendergast helped lead the Cardinals into Super Bowl XLIII, but was fired on Friday February 6, 2009, less than one week after Arizona lost to Pittsburgh 27-23 in the Super Bowl.[1]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

When Cardinals fired Pendergast, he was immediately linked with a move to Kansas City Chiefs. Clancy Pendergast officially became the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs on March 13, 2009, where he reunited with Head Coach Todd Haley, who was offensive coordinator at Arizona during Pendergast's time there.[2] On January 14, 2010, the Chiefs named former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel their new defensive coordinator. According to NFL.com Pendergast was not retained for the 2010 season by the Chiefs in any coaching position. Pendergast was hired to become the Oakland Raiders defensive backs coach on February 6, 2010.[3]

California Golden Bears[edit]

On February 19, 2010, Pendergast was hired as defensive coordinator for the California Golden Bears, succeeding Bob Gregory.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pendergast attended Tolleson High School, where his sister Bonnie Pendergast continues to teach calculus very successfully. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990.

Pendergast was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Fraternity during his years as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. [5]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Larry Marmie
Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator
2004–2008
Succeeded by
Billy Davis
Preceded by
Gunther Cunningham
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
2009
Succeeded by
Romeo Crennel
Preceded by
David Gibbs
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach
2009
Succeeded by
Emmitt Thomas
Preceded by
Bob Gregory
California Golden Bears Defensive Coordinator
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Andy Buh
Preceded by
Monte Kiffin
USC Trojans Defensive Coordinator
2013
Succeeded by
Justin Wilcox