In 2019, Clayt Birmingham begins his tenth year as the Blue Devil head coach, taking over as head coach in 2010 after three years as the UW-Stout defensive coordinator.
In 2018 the Blue Devils finished 5 -5 with the 2nd best total offense in the WIAC. Stout had 15 guys earn WIAC All-Conference honors and graduated only 6 starters. The Blue Devils are excited for their 2019 Campaign with 16 starters returning and an impressive recruiting class.
The 2017 Blue Devils exploded onto the national scene with a 25-22 win over fourth-ranked St. Thomas in September. Stout vaulted to the D3football.com Top 25 poll and ranked as high as 22nd and moved into the AFCA Top 25 during the season. The Blue Devils'defense lead the WIAC in rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and opponent third down conversions. Stout ranked nationally in the NCAA Division III, finishing 10th in red-zone defense and eighth in third down conversions allowed.
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 clinics. 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 Kawasaki, Japan and also was an assistant coach in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico.
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 secondary coach in 2000. The 2000 Broncos were 9-3 and won the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.
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.
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, Therese, reside in Menomonie with their three daughters.