List of Clemson Tigers basketball head coaches

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Frank Dobson was Clemson's first basketball coach.
Rick Barnes led Clemson to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.
Oliver Purnell led the Tigers to postseason play in six of his seven seasons.

The Clemson Tigers men's basketball and women's basketball programs are college basketball teams that represents Clemson University. Both teams play at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).[1]

The men's team has had 22 head coaches. Clemson started organized basketball with the nickname Tigers in 1912. The men's program has played in more than 2,300 games in a total of 100 seasons. In those seasons, seven coaches have led the Tigers to at least one postseason tournament: Tates Locke, Bill Foster, Cliff Ellis, Rick Barnes, Larry Shyatt, Oliver Purnell, and Brad Brownell. Only one coach won a conference championship with the Tigers, Joe Davis in 1939. Cliff Ellis has had the longest tenure at Clemson, with 11 seasons; he is the all-time leader in games coached and wins. Frank Dobson is the all-time leader in winning percentage. Statistically, Bud Saunders has been the least successful coach of the Tiger men, with a winning percentage of .162. The current men's coach is Brad Brownell, who was hired in 2010.[2]

The women's program has had six head coaches. Clemson started an organized women's basketball program in 1975. The women have played in more than 1,000 games in a total of 36 seasons. In those seasons, three coaches have led the Tigers to at least one postseason tournament: Mary King, Annie Tribble, and Jim Davis. Davis is the only coach who has won conference championships with the Tigers. He is the all-time leader in games coached, wins and winning percentage. The current head coach is Audra Smith

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2010–11 men's and women's college basketball season.

Men's[edit]

# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL C% PW PL CCs Awards
1 Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson 1911–1913 18 13 5 0 .722
2 Erwin, John O.John O. Erwin 1913–1915 12 4 8 0 .333
3 Ward, A. H.A. H. Ward 1915–1916 9 2 6 1 .278
4 Morris, CountryCountry Morris 1916–1917, 1919–1920 24 16 8 0 .667
5 Donahue, Edward "Jiggs"Edward "Jiggs" Donahue 1917–1919 9 6 3 0 .667
6 Conover, LarryLarry Conover 1920–1921 15 10 5 0 .667
7 Stewart, E. J.E. J. Stewart 1921–1923 38 19 19 0 .500 3 6 .333
8 Saunders, BudBud Saunders 1923–1925 37 6 31 0 .162 3 10 .231
9 Gillian, A. A.A. A. Gillian 1925–1926 21 4 17 0 .190 1 7 .125
10 Cody, JoshJosh Cody 1926–1931 103 48 55 0 .466 23 30 .434
11 Davis, JoeJoe Davis 1931–1940 187 101 86 0 .540 37 47 .440 1 – 1939*
12 Norman, RockRock Norman 1940–1946 102 32 70 0 .314 18 43 .295
13 McFadden, BanksBanks McFadden 1946–1956 216 85 131 0 .394 46 95 .326[A 2]
14 Maravich, PressPress Maravich 1956–1962 151 55 96 0 .364 25 59 .298
15 Roberts, BobbyBobby Roberts 1962–1970 198 82 116 0 .414 41 71 .366
16 Locke, TatesTates Locke 1970–1975 132 62 70 0 .455 20 42 .323 0 1
17 Foster, BillBill Foster 1975–1984 262 156 106 0 .595 44 74 .373 3 4
18 Ellis, CliffCliff Ellis 1984–1994 305 177 128 0 .580 56 90 .384 6 7 ACC Coach of the Year (1986–87, 1989–90)
19 Barnes, RickRick Barnes 1994–1998 122 74 48 0 .607 28 36 .438 2 4
20 Shyatt, LarryLarry Shyatt 1998–2003 154 70 84 0 .455 20 60 .250 4 1
21 Purnell, OliverOliver Purnell 2003–2010 226 138 88 0 .611 52 60 .464 5 6
22 Brownell, BradBrad Brownell 2010–present 34 22 12 0 .647 9 7 .563 1 1

Women's[edit]

Audra Smith head women's basketball coach Clemson University
# Name Term GC OW OL O% CW CL C% PW PL CCs Awards
1 King, MaryMary King 1975–1976 25 14 11 .560
2 Tribble, AnnieAnnie Tribble 1976–1987 335 200 135 .597 57 53 .518
3 Davis, JimJim Davis 1987–2005 552 355 197 .643 154 124 .554 2 – 1996, 1999 ACC Coach of the Year (1989–90, 1998–99)
4 McKinney, CristyCristy McKinney 2005–2010 152 59 93 .388 16 54 .229
5 Umoh-Coleman, ItoroItoro Umoh-Coleman 2010–2013 88 25 63 .284 10 38 .208
6 Smith, AudraAudra Smith 2013–present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Tigers. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is counted only once.
  2. ^ 45-59 (.433) against SoCon opponents and 1-36 (.027) against ACC opponents.

References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ "Clemson University". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Katz, Andy (14 April 2010). "Brownell headed to coach at Clemson". ESPN. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.