Clancy Barone will serve as the Cowboy offensive line coach for the second consecutive season. Barone came to Wyoming in 1997, after spending the previous three years at Eastern Illinois, where he was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. In his first year at UW in '97, the Poke offensive line gave up only 11 quarterback sacks, and two starters went on to sign contracts with NFL teams -- Rob Bohlinger with the Carolina Panthers and Jay Korth with the Chicago Bears. In the '95 season at Eastern Illinois, Barone helped EIUis rushing attack rank No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 20th in the nation at the NCAA I-AA level. In '96, EIU ranked 11th in NCAA I-AA in rushing offense. Barone was the assistant offensive line coach at Texas A&M in 1993, and coached in the i94 Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M, ranked No. 6 in the nation that year, won the Southwest Conference and led the league in rushing.
During his career, Barone has coached 13 offensive linemen who went on to play professionally. In addition to Bohlinger and Korth, the players Barone has coached that went on to sign professional contracts were: Calvin Collins, Atlanta Falcons; Duane Conway, Indianapolis Colts; Chris Dausin, Carolina Panthers; Hunter Goodwin, Minnesota Vikings; Tyler Harrison, Philadelphia Eagles; Travis Hunnerberg, Calgary Stampeders (CFL); Jeff Jones, Detroit Lions; Jason Mathews, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Bob Rosenstiel, Oakland Raiders; Dexter Wesley, Houston Oilers; and Dave Witthun, Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL).
Barone began his coaching career in 1987 as the offensive line coach at American River Junior College in Sacramento, Calif. From 1990-92, he served as the offensive line coach and assistant special teams coordinator for Cal State-Sacramento. Barone moved to Texas A&M in 1993 as assistant offensive line coach, before accepting the offensive line position at Eastern Illinois, where he coached from 1994-96. He has also served as the offensive line coach/offensive coordinator for the Cardiff Tigers in the United Kingdom Football League. Barone has two daughters, Gianna and Isabella, and one son, Stefano. His last name is pronounced ba-ROW-nee.