I’ve heard coaches at the end of their careers say, ‘If I had one thing I could change, I would have spent more time with my family,” Christensen said. “I’m never going to say that. You can do both. You can have it all.

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Clyde Christensen



Family Bio: On January 28, 1956, Clyde Christensen was born to an unwed teenage mother. She gave him up for adoption and he found his way into the home and hearts of Dick and June Christensen. Clyde says, “All of the good things I learned came from them.”Clyde says the word that describes his father is “available”. He says his dad was always there when he needed him. In the area of athletics, he not only came to all of Clyde’s sporting events, but he came to all of his practices too. Even now, not a week goes by without Clyde’s dad calling him to express his love and affirmation. That is also the kind of father Clyde strives to be with his own family. He and his wife Debbie have three daughters: Rachel, Rebecca, and Ruth. Clyde stays involved in his daughters’ lives and is committed to a close relationship with each of them. Clyde admits that balancing coaching and fatherhood can be challenging. But he says he, and all dads, need to make being a good father a priority. He says the rewards of doing so will be seen throughout this lifetime and in the generations to come. Career Bio: PLAYER: Fresno City Junior College (1975), North Carolina (1976-1978) COACH: Mississippi (1979), East Tennessee State (1980-1982), Temple (1983-1985), East Carolina University (1986-1988), Holy Cross (1989-1990), South Carolina (1991), Maryland (1992-1993), Clemson (1994-1995), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), Indianapolis Colts (2002-Present) Career Highlights: • Christensen was part of the coaching staff for the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts. • In 2009, Christensen’s wide receivers helped Peyton Manning to a franchise record 68.8 completion percentages.• In 2009, Clyde guided Wayne to another 1,000+ yard season, his 6th consecutive.• Christensen continued the development of Reggie Wayne, helping him end the 2007 season as the 16th NFL wide receiver to amass over 1,500 receiving yards.• Clyde’s devotion to his players helped Marvin Harrison retire with the Colts ranked 2nd in NFL career receptions, 4th in yards, and 5th in touchdown receptions.• Christensen helped Harrison start his career with 190 consecutive games with a reception, leading to the 2nd longest NFL streak ever.• Clyde’s reputation for developing elite NFL players is proved by Reggie Wayne’s increased reception totals in each of his first seven seasons, making him only the third NFL receiver with such an accomplishment.• Christensen assisted Marvin Harrison retire having caught ten or more touchdowns and producing over 1,000 receiving yards for 8 straight seasons, the only receiver to do so in the history of the NFL.• In 2004, Clyde’s wide receiver trio of Brandon Stokley, Marvin Harrison, and Reggie Wayne each caught over 1,000 yards and 10 or more touchdowns.• In 2002, Clyde’s development of Marvin Harrison helped him catch over 100 passes in four consecutive seasons. This was an accomplishment never achieved by an NFL player. • In 1999, Clyde tutored Shaun King to his first playoff win, becoming only the second rookie quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win a playoff game.