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Clancy Barone
Tight Ends

BIOGRAPHY

Clancy Barone brought 3 decades of experience to the Vikings staff in 2017. Barone completed his 1st season as the club’s TEs coach, after spending the previous 8 seasons with the Denver Broncos. Barone helped Denver win Super Bowl 50 and the club represented the AFC in Super Bowl 48. During his 14 seasons on an NFL sideline, Barone has won 8 division titles, has 6 seasons with 11+ wins and suffered only 2 losing seasons.

The Vikings mark the 4th NFL stop for Barone during his 31-year coaching career, having previously coached either TEs or OL with the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06), San Diego Chargers (2007-08) and Broncos (2009-16). His coaching career began in the college ranks, serving 17 years as an OL coach at various institutions.

Barone inherits a group that features record-setting TE Kyle Rudolph, who enjoyed the best season of his career in 2016. Rudolph set franchise records for receptions by a TE (83) in a season, career TDs by a TE (29) and tied the club record for receptions in a game by a TE (11, vs. Chicago 1/1/17).

Clancy Barone brought 3 decades of experience to the Vikings staff in 2017. Barone completed his 1st season as the club’s TEs coach, after spending the previous 8 seasons with the Denver Broncos. Barone helped Denver win Super Bowl 50 and the club represented the AFC in Super Bowl 48. During his 14 seasons on an NFL sideline, Barone has won 8 division titles, has 6 seasons with 11+ wins and suffered only 2 losing seasons.

The Vikings mark the 4th NFL stop for Barone during his 31-year coaching career, having previously coached either TEs or OL with the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06), San Diego Chargers (2007-08) and Broncos (2009-16). His coaching career began in the college ranks, serving 17 years as an OL coach at various institutions.

Barone inherits a group that features record-setting TE Kyle Rudolph, who enjoyed the best season of his career in 2016. Rudolph set franchise records for receptions by a TE (83) in a season, career TDs by a TE (29) and tied the club record for receptions in a game by a TE (11, vs. Chicago 1/1/17).                             

Before joining the Vikings, Barone spent the previous 8 seasons with the Broncos coaching their TEs (2009, 2011-14) and Offensive Line (2010, 2015-16). During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Barone worked with current Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer, who served in the same role with Denver. Barone led a group of young offensive lineman through the 2015 season en route to the Bronco’s Super Bowl 50 title. Rookie Ty Sambrailo replaced All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady in Week 3 while second-year center Matt Paradis played every offensive snap in his 1st year of game action.                    

Barone oversaw the development of young tight end Julius Thomas while serving as the teams TEs coach. Thomas, while being tutored by Barone, was named to consecutive Pro Bowls with a combined 24 touchdown receptions while becoming the 1st TE in NFL history to record back-to-back seasons with 12 touchdown receptions.

During the 2010 season, Barone instructed rookie offensive lineman J.D. Walton and Zane Beadles to historic seasons. Walton was one of 5 NFL rookie offensive lineman to start all 16 games, while Beadles became the first rookie in 8 seasons to start at least six games (8 at LG, 6 at RT) at two of the three positions on the offensive line.

The 2005 season marked Barone’s 1st season as a Tight Ends coach at any level when he took on that role for the Atlanta Falcons. During his 2-year stint with the Falcons, Barone worked alongside current Vikings Wide Receivers coach, George Stewart. Over the next 4 years Barone would tutor 2 of the best TEs of the early 2000s. In San Diego, Antonio Gates earned 2 Pro Bowl berths under Barone and was eventually named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team as voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. Gates hauled in 135 receptions, 1,688 yards and a league-high 17 touchdown receptions with Barone as his coach.

In 2004, Barone got the call for his 1st NFL coaching gig as the assistant OL coach for the Atlanta Falcons. In his only season assisting with the OL, the Falcons led the NFL and set franchise records in both yards per rush (5.1) and rushing yards per game (167.0) on their way to the NFC Championship Game.

Barone spent the final 7 years of his collegiate coaching career serving as offensive coordinator from 1997-2003 at the University of Wyoming (1997-99), University of Houston (2000-02) and Texas State University (2003). He also served as the OL coach at both Wyoming and Houston and was the assistant head coach for his season at Texas State.

Under Barone’s tutelage, the Texas State offense averaged 443.4 yards per game, 7th best in the nation, whiles setting numerous school offensive records. While at Houston, Barone was named the Division-IA OL Coach of the Year by the National Offensive Line Coaches Association in 2002 after Cougar RB Jorrey Reynolds ranked 10th in the nation with a 128.8 rushing yards per game average. During his 3 year run at Wyoming (1997-99) the Cowboys allowed a total of just 35 sacks.

Barone’s coaching career began at American River College (1987-90), a California community college located in the small unincorporated community of Foothill Farms, as their OL coach. Barone would move on to Sacramento State University (1991-92), Texas A&M University (1993) and Eastern Illinois University (1994-96) where he also instructed the offensive lines.

A native of San Andreas, California, Barone attended Red Bluff High School in Red Bluff, California. After success as a four-sport star in high school, Barone attended and played offensive line at University of Nevada and Sacramento State University. He and his wife, Rosie, have 3 children: Gianna, Stefano and Isabella..