New Hampshire Football Report

ConVal goes with Clauss

Rob Clauss has been searching for a varsity football head coaching job for several years. He finally found one. 

Clauss, who has worked as an assistant coach at Nashua South and at Alvirne, has been hired as ConVal Regional’s varsity head coach. Clauss, 52, spent the 2017 season as Alvirne’s offensive coordinator, but didn’t coach last season, opting instead to watch his son Jesse play his final year of football at Bentley.

He takes over a ConVal program that experienced some tough times last season. The school dismissed head coach Ray Puglisi four games into his first season, and Steve Bartsch completed the season as the interim head coach. After winning its opener, ConVal lost its next eight games and finished with a 1-8 record in Division II.

Clauss, a Nashua resident who teaches at Nashua South, is ConVal’s fourth coach since the start of the 2017 season.

“I’m familiar with all of their struggles last year,” he said. “I felt I was someone to help them out, bring some stability and help them play it forward, so to speak. I did my homework and I was a little leery, but the boosters are very active. No one wants to lose on a regular basis. The athletes are there, it’s just getting them turned on to football.”

Clauss said his coaching staff is in place, and the team has set up a scrimmage against Monadnock as well as a three-team scrimmage against Keene and Brattleboro, Vt.

“I knew this was a program that has been on the cusp in the past,” Clauss said. “We’re gonna get back to that and take it to the next step. I really believe that. We’re gonna help these kids on the field and off the field as well. That’s really what this is all about.”

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