Football Coaching Staff

Steven Clinkscale - Cornerbacks

Steven Clinkscale comes to Toledo with eight years of college coaching experience, including seven seasons at Ashland and this past year at Western Carolina. Clinkscale will coach the cornerbacks in 2009.

"Steve brings an Ohio background and great work ethic to the program," said Beckman. "He’s a great mentor of young men, a fundamentally sound teacher who gets everything out of his players. We’re excited that he has chosen to be a Rocket."

A native of Youngstown, OH, Clinkscale played four seasons at Ashland before moving to the sidelines as an assistant coach. During his seven seasons at Ashland, Clinkscale served mostly as a defensive secondary coach, spending his final season as the linebackers coach. As the academic liaison, AU football players routinely posted combined grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

Clinkscale mentored eight student-athletes who earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) accolades, including two Cactus Bowl (NCAA Division II All-Star game) participants and one GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year (Devin Conwell, 2005).

This past season at Western Carolina, Clinkscale worked with the Catamount defensive backs in addition to serving as Western’s academic liaison.

A former defensive back at Ashland, Clinkscale was a four-year starter and a team captain. He garnered All-GLIAC honors in 1999 and honorable mention honors in 1998. He also played in the 2000 Snow Bowl, the Division II all-star game. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation in 2000.

His coaching experience began in 2000 when he returned to his hometown and volunteered at Youngstown Chaney High School, working mostly with the running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs.

Clinkscale and his wife, Jasena, have four sons: Isaiah (5) and Elijah (3), and twins Zion and Zivon (2).

Steven Clinkscale’s Coaching History
2009 Toledo - Cornerbacks
2008 Western Carolina - Defensive Backs/Academic Liaison
2007 Ashland - Linebackers/Academic Liaison
2001-06 Ashland - Secondary/Academic Liaison