Posted: 4:28 pm Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Football: Boca Raton Christian hires FSU Hall of Famer Clay Shiver 

By Matt Porter

Boca Raton Christian named former Florida State and NFL center Clay Shiver its next head coach, replacing Kent Stapleton, who stepped down after the season.

Shiver

Shiver

He will join the Blazers for spring football. Good news for a program which last season had a roster of 16, which forced the cancellation of several games.

Shiver, 38, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (67th overall) in 1996 and started 25 games over three seasons before a shoulder injury forced him to retire in 1999.

He made his mark at Florida State, where he played from 1992-95.

Shiver started at center for the 1993 National Champions, shotgun snapping for Charlie Ward. Shiver was a 1995 All-American, a three-time All-ACC selection and a two-time winner of the Jacobs Trophy, given to the best blocker in the ACC.

During his time at FSU, Shiver and his teammates went 43-5-1 and finished no lower than No. 4 in the final AP poll.

He was elected to the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

After his NFL career ended, Shiver was the pastor at Morningstar Christian Church in Tallahassee. He was recently the director of Rocketown, a youth ministry in Pompano Beach, and worked for a Christian consulting firm. He currently lives in Aventura with his wife, Ty, and their three children.

Shiver was a guest speaker at the school in 2009 and left wanting to his three young children to attend the school someday, Hood said. During the interview process, Shiver explained he was looking for a job that would allow for less travel.

“It was certainly God’s timing,” Hood said of the hire.

Shiver, who is currently working on a master’s degree in history, will teach classes at Boca Christian, Hood said.

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