Clemson has Gettysburg connection

For The York Dispatch

GETTYSBURG — After nearly four decades as the head football coach at Gettysburg College, Barry Streeter has a lot of orange clothing in his closet.

That gives him plenty of options when he heads to Arizona to watch his son Brandon coach top-ranked Clemson University in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Gettysburg High School graduate Brandon Streeter is now an assistant coach at Clemson, which will play for the national college football title on Monday.

Streeter’s son is in his first full season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the undefeated Tigers. He oversees the quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy finalist DeShaun Watson.

For the elder Streeter, seeing his son excel on the gridiron in the same profession has been a special experience this fall.

“For him to be in coaching is special because he grew up with it,” said the Gettysburg coach, who wrapped up his 37th season guiding the Bullets this fall. “It’s neat how the whole thing has developed.”

Brandon spent most of his youth watching his father coach the Bullets. After starring on the gridiron at Gettysburg High School, he attended Clemson, where he was a two-year starter at quarterback. Brandon received his undergraduate degree in health science and opted to become a collegiate coach like his father before him.

“I thought it was possible because everybody would tell him when he was playing he had a good mind,” Barry Streeter said. “At first I think he was thinking about doing other things, but after he went for grad school and played in the arena league a little bit, he was trying to make some decisions on what he was going to do. I said 'look, give coaching a try.' Obviously he enjoys it and he’s done a good job.”

Longtime Gettysburg College head football coach Barry Streeter will travel to Arizona to watch his son, Brandon, coach in the national title game for Clemson.

Brandon’s coaching stops have included Charleston Southern, Clemson, Liberty and Richmond. After helping Richmond reach the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2014, he returned to his alma mater just in time to help guide the team to a victory over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl last December.

In addition to leading his own program to a 7-3 record this fall, the elder Streeter has managed to fit in a couple trips to see his son coach the Tigers. He went to the game against Georgia Tech and saw the Atlantic Coach Conference title game against North Carolina. Just last week, Streeter watched from the stands as Clemson beat Oklahoma 37-17 in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

“It’s been really exciting,” the Gettysburg coach said. “I was excited for the way our team played this past fall and then watching Clemson when I could. It’s been a pretty special year so far.”

Clemson, seeking its first national title since 1981, faces No. 2 Alabama in Monday’s title game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Streeter will be in attendance once again, proudly watching as his son oversees his own group of players.

“I’m just proud of what he’s been able to accomplish,” Barry Streeter said. “It’s like watching any of my kids when they were playing, whether it was my sons playing football or my daughters playing field hockey. At some point when they decide to be athletes or whatever they decide to do, you’re going to feel gratification just because they’re an extension of you. You want the best possible for all your kids, you want it to be special, and you want it to be great.”

Corey Jewart is associate director of athletic communications at Gettysburg College.