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Head Coach Clayt Birmingham
In 2017, Clayt Birmingham begins his eighth year as the Blue Devil head coach, taking over as head coach in 2010 after three years as the UW-Stout defensive coordinator.
The 2016 Blue Devils produced three All-WIAC selections in place kicker Drew Pearson, who was also the WIAC co-special teams player of the year, punter Clark Riedel and offensive lineman Kane'ala Atchison-Keolanui. Pearson had a breakout year, earning first team D3football.com and second team AFCA All-America honors. Pearson was one of the top kickers in the country, and was a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award. Riedel and Atchison-Keolanui earned all-region honors.
With a team seemingly at times held together with masking tape and glue, the Blue Devils' offense put up some numbers in 2015 that hadn't been seen for a while. Behind a healthy Hank Kujak at quarterback, the Blue Devils averaged 267.7 yards per contest through the air. Offensively, the Blue Devil averaged nearly 400 yards of total offense (396.9). Stout scored more than 30 points in five games. Kujak inked a contract to play professionally in Germany. Offensive lineman Kane'ala Atchison-Keolanui was a first team all-WIAC pick and earned all-region honors. Wide receiver Brian Alvarez and defensive back Collin Laursen were second team all-WIAC choices. Four players earned honorable mention honors. Collin Laursen was an academic all-region selection and was a National Football Foundation Honor Society selection.
Injury played a huge part in the Blue Devils' 2014 campaign, starting off with losing quarterback Hank Kujak in the first game and promising second year running back Adolfo Pacheco early in the season, along with a number of players on boths sides of the line. Senior Tanner Kuehn stepped into a full-time starting role in the offensive backfield along with his ever-presence in special team play. Kuehn earned first team all-WIAC honors as an all-purpose player. Garrett Peterson took over the quarterback role midway through the season and earned WIAC player of the week honors after a career-performance in a win over UW-River Falls. Linebacker Luke Bakkum, who led the league in tackles and tackles for loss and was second in sacks, and defensive lineman Jamie Rohrig earned all-district honors, Six Blue Devils were named to the all-WIAC team. Defensive back Tyler Naatz was a National Football Foundation Honor Society selection.
The Blue Devils in 2013 had nine selections to the All-WIAC team. Offensive lineman Devon Greiber earned all-region honors. Greiber and fellow offensive lineman both played in post-season all-star games. Greiber was drafted by a professional indoor football league, but elected not to play. Tailback Adolfo Pacheco gained 965 rushing yards, the most by a freshman since the 2000 season, and the most by a true freshman in more than 40 years. Defensive lineman David Goebel was a National Football Foundation Honor Society selection.
The Blue Devils in 2012 had seven selections to the All-WIAC team and running back Eric Brown rushed his way into the UW-Stout record book, finishing his two year career as the 15th leading rusher with 1391 yards. Birmingham has always stressed community involvement to his players, and the Blue Devils answered with hundreds of hours of community service to the Menomonie and Dunn County community. Tight end Josh Peterson wrapped up his career, and was a National Football Foundation Honor Society selection and also played in the annual Aztec Bowl.
The Blue Devils highlighted the 2011 season with 10 selections to the All-WIAC team as Stout went 5-5 overall. The Blue Devils picked up their first win over UW-Stevens Point since the 2003 season when they knocked off the Pointers - Birmingham's alma mater - 22-19 in Stevens Point. Four-year starting offensive lineman Tyler Butzler, an all-region selection, was in NFL camps in the spring. The squad also logged more than 680 hours of community service throughout the school year.
The 2010 season saw UW-Stout go 6-4 overall and finish third in the WIAC. Eleven players earned all-conference honors and tight end Patrick Mengelkoch was an All-American as well as being named to the AFCA/Allstate Good Works Team.
Birmingham had been with the Blue Devils for three seasons (2007, 2008, 2009) as the defensive coordinator. Birmingham took the Blue Devil defense from the eighth ranked defense in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) to second in 2009. Of 235 NCAA Division III teams, Stout’s defense ranked 42nd in 2009.
Birmingham, a former all-conference defensive back at UW-Stevens Point, has coached on the college level at Division I, II and III schools, as well as coached one summer professionally in Europe. In the summer of 2010, several members of the Blue Devil coaching staff traveled to the Scandanavian countries to conduct workshops. In the summer of 2008, Birmingham traveled to Europe with USA Football on a Coaching Instructional Tour to European youth. In the summer of 2007, Birmingham was a member of the coaching staff for the US National Football team that competed at the World Championship of American Football in Japan and also was an assistant coach in the Aztec Bowl.
Under Birmingham, the Blue Devils have also encouraged and hosted European coaches from a number of different countries to participate in UW-Stout's preseason camp. Over the last several years, the Stout football program has played host to a number of student-athletes from foreign countries who have played on the team while doing a study abroad-type program..
Birmingham coached five seasons (2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001) at Division II Emporia State in Kansas where he was the defensive coordinator and worked individually with the defensive line and defensive backs. Under Birmingham's direction, the Hornets defense allowed only 284.7 yards per game in 2003. The Hornets' defense ranked 17th nationally in 2003 and posted a record of 9-3, advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Birmingham spent two seasons at NCAA Division I Western Michigan, as the defensive secondary coach in 2004 and as a graduate assistant defensive coach in 2000. The 2000 Broncos were 9-3 and won the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. His duties included coaching the defensive secondary, film breakdown and defensive quality control.
In 1998-99, Birmingham was a graduate assistant receivers coach at Northern Michigan.
He spent the summer of 1998 as the head coach of the Stockholm's Swedish National Championship team in the European Federation of American Football, leading the team to an 11-3 record.
Birmingham's first coaching experience was at his alma mater UW-Stevens Point from 1996-97 where he coached the secondary and outside linebackers, including the Detroit Lions 1999 sixth round draft pick Clint Kriewaldt.
A four year starter at Stevens Point, Birmingham was a two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) defensive back at UW-Stevens Point (1995, 1994). In 1994, Birmingham was the WIAC interceptions co-leader.
Birmingham is a native of Brussels, Wis., and a graduate of Southern Door High School. Birmingham was inducted into the Southern Door High School Hall of Fame in 2013. Birmingham and his wife, Terese, reside in Menomonie with their two daughters.