Daly Field at Frank R. Campbell Stadium
Daly Field at Frank R. Campbell Stadium, located on Averett University's North Campus, is a multi-purpose outdoor athletic facility that is home to the Averett football, men's soccer and women's soccer teams, and the future home of men's and women's lacrosse. Read More
Cleive Adams was hired as Averett University’s football head coach in January 2014. In his first five seasons, Adams has helped turn Averett’s program around and has created a positive culture that promotes developing young men on and off the field.
In 2018, Adams guided the Cougars to the best record in program history. Averett went 8-2 overall while going 6-1 in the conference. In addition to setting school marks for the most wins in a season, the Cougars had one D3football.com All-America selection, two D3football.com Preseason All-America selections, two all-region picks, seven all-state selections and 15 all-conference awards, including the USA South Conference and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Defensive Rookie of the Year. Three Cougars also participated in the Aztec Bowl, with one earning MVP honors.
The Cougars continued their upward trend following a strong 2017 campaign in which they finished second in the standings with a 5-2 league mark. Overall, the team finished 6-4 as Averett increased its win total for the third consecutive season. Meanwhile, the team produced one D3football.com First Team All-American, two D3football.com All-Region selections, seven Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State selections, five Roanoke Times All-State picks and 10 USA South All-Conference selections.
Football Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Patrick Henry serves as Averett’s assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator.
Henry originally joined the Averett program in February 2012 as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also served as a wide receivers coach during the spring of 2014 before taking over the recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach duties in 2014. Henry was named the assistant head coach in 2015. He moved to wide receivers in 2017 and defensive tackles in 2018 before being promoted to offensive coordinator following the season.
Henry previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Division I Ball State University, where he coached on offense for two years. Prior to that, he was the wide receivers coach at the University of Dayton from 2007-10. Henry also coached at Clarion University as a graduate assistant from 2005-06.
Football Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
David Clark joined the Averett University football staff in the spring of 2016. Following the 2018 season, Clark was promoted to defensive coordinator after serving as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for three seasons.
Clark came to Averett from Guilford College, where he coached for four seasons. During his final three seasons with the Quakers, he was the linebackers coach and helped produce five all-conference linebackers, including one all-region selection.
Prior being named Guilford’s linebackers coach, Clark coached the Quakers’ running backs for one season. He also gained valuable experience as a student-assistant with the Guilford football program from August 2009 through November 2011.
Football Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Dustin Beck was promoted to Averett University football’s special teams coordinator in January 2019 after serving as a graduate assistant for the Cougars since March 2017. Beck also will continue to coach the running backs, the position group he’s worked with since joining the program.
During his two seasons at Averett as a graduate assistant, Beck mentored the running backs as Averett set the single-game rushing yards record and ran for the most yards in a single season in program history during his tenure.
Prior to Averett, Beck attended Emory & Henry College, where he played quarterback n. During his time with the Wasps, Beck threw for more than 1,800 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns. He was selected as an All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference performer and also served as a team captain. Beck graduated from Emory & Henry in 2013 with a bachelor’s in health and physical education and a master’s in education.
Football Defensive Backs Coach
Scott McConnell joined the Averett University football staff as the defensive backs coach in February of 2019. McConnell came to Averett after serving as the tight ends coach for the 2018 season at Division I Hampton University.
Before arriving at Hampton, McConnell was the defensive coordinator and director of football operations at The Apprentice School where the defense finished in the top 10 in 18 categories on the school’s historical record book.
Prior to Apprentice, McConnell coached at Jireh Preparatory Academy and locally at Hargrave Military Academy. The Mount Carmel, Tennessee, native started his coaching career at his alma mater, Emory & Henry College, as a recruiting assistant. He then moved onto Southern Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College as an assistant coach on both staffs.
Football Director of Operations
Clifton Glover Jr. joined the Averett University football program as the director of football operations in August 2018. Glover will assist with operations, academics and recruiting with the program.
Glover, a 2017 graduate of Averett, returned to his alma mater, where he played four seasons at wide receiver for the Cougars. He totaled 11 receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown.
A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Glover earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management. While at Averett, he served as an operations intern with the Department of Athletics. Following graduation in 2017, Glover worked in the insurance industry and also coached youth flag football at i9Sports in Richmond.
Football Wide Receivers Coach
Alex Smith joined the Averett University football program as an assistant coach in July 2018. Smith coaches the wide receivers for the Cougars.
Prior to joining Averett’s program, Smith coached cornerbacks at West Virginia Wesleyan College for one season. In addition, he oversaw video and film for practices and games, managed the equipment room and assisted with recruiting. From August 2013 until December 2016, Smith was at Bridgewater College, where he served as a tight ends coach, film coordinator and student-assistant.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Smith graduated from Bridgewater in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He is currently pursuing his master’s in business administration from Averett.
Football Defensive Line Coach
Don Warren joined the Averett University football coaching staff as an assistant in July 2018. Warren works with the defensive line.
Warren, a native of Indian Trail, North Carolina, played four seasons at Averett on the defensive line. Warren totaled 125 career tackles with 25 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He also had one interception, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery, along with one blocked kick. In the classroom, Warren earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors.
In addition to his playing experience, Warren has helped coach at Averett’s prospects camp. Warren graduated from Averett in May 2018 with a degree in physical education. He is currently pursuing his master’s of education degree at Averett.
Football Offensive Line Coach
Patrick Bolen is Averett’s offensive line coach after working with the offensive line and tight ends in 2013. Previously, he served as as a linebackers coach and defensive assistant coach for Averett since 2011. Before rejoining the program, he coached the Cougars’ offensive line from 2006-09. During the 2011 season, he helped coach the defensive line. Bowlen has also helped coach long snappers and various special teams positions with Averett.
Before joining Averett’s football staff, Bolen was a linbackers coach at Christiansburg High School from 2003-06. Bolen graduated from Averett in 2008 with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He completed his masters in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
Bolen lives in Danville with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Aubrey, and son, Camden.
Football Specialists Coach
Al Smith has been with the Averett football team since the program’s inception in 2000. He serves as the specialists coach and has produced several strong kickers during his time with the Cougars.
Smith coached former Averett standout Sean Sullivan into a professional football career in 2003. Sullivan played with the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the Arena2 Football League. Smith attended Lees-McRae College, where he was the kicker for the Bobcats, from 1961-62. He then transferred to Averett and earned a bachelors of science degree.
Smith is most recognized for his public service to the city of Danville as a captain in the Danville Police Department. He and his wife, Becky, live in Danville and have two sons, Brandon and Jason.