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Michael Clay

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
6 42-54-0 43.75% 2-1 66.67%


Michael Clay is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the assistant special teams coach for the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. Before moving into this role on the 49ers he held three other positions with the team. His previous position was as the team's strength and conditioning assistant coach for one season. He began his stint with the 49ers in 2016 as the assistant special teams coach.

Playing Career

University of Oregon

Michael Clay played college football at the University of Oregon under head coach Chip Kelly from 2009-2012. In 2009, he was one of three true freshman to see playing time for the Ducks by playing linebacker and serving as the long snapper. He also won the team's first-year player of the year award, called the Len Casanova Award. By 2010, he had worked his way up the depth chart to be the main backup linebacker. He cracked the starting lineup in 2011, his junior year, and recorded the second-most tackles on the team. During his career at Oregon, he earned four letters, named second team All-Pac 12, and was named a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention in 2010. Clay graduated after the 2012 season and entered the NFL draft.

Attempt at professional football

Clay attempted to play in the NFL, but was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins, but was cut before the season began.

Coaching Career

Philadelphia Eagles

In 2014, Clay was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles and his former college head coach Chip Kelly. Originally hired as the team's defensive quality control coach, the team finished 10-6 and lost their only playoff game. Entering the 2015 season, Clay was promoted to the assistant special teams coach, working closely with Dave Fipp, the team's special teams coordinator.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2019 Assistant Special Teams Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2018 Assistant Special Teams Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2017 Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach 6-10-0 0-0
2016 Assistant Special Teams Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2015 Assistant Special Teams Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2014 Defensive Quality Control Coach 10-6-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship