Brownell in 2013
|Born||November 15, 1968|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1994–2002||UNC Wilmington (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||3–4 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 CAA regular season (2003, 2006)|
2 CAA Tournament (2003, 2006)
Horizon League regular season (2007)
Horizon League Tournament (2007)
|2× CAA Coach of the Year (2003, 2006)|
Horizon League Coach of the Year (2008)
Bradley Robert Brownell (born November 15, 1968) is an American college basketball coach and the current head basketball coach at Clemson University. Prior to coming to Clemson, he held the same position at Wright State and UNC Wilmington.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Brownell played high school basketball at William Henry Harrison High School with current Saint Louis University assistant coach and Indiana University player Calbert Cheaney. Brownell graduated from DePauw University in 1991, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He immediately went into coaching after graduating. He spent one season as an assistant to Jim Crews at the University of Evansville, then spent the next two seasons as an assistant on Royce Waltman's staff at the University of Indianapolis while earning his master's degree.
Upon completing his master's degree in 1994, Brownell began his tenure at UNC Wilmington as an assistant to then-head coach Jerry Wainwright. Brownell helped guide the Seahawks to four postseason tournament berths while serving as an assistant, including a memorable upset win over the fourth-seeded USC Trojans in the first round of the 2002 NCAA tournament.
Following that season, Wainwright left Wilmington to take over at Richmond, and Brownell was promoted to head coach.
During his time as the Seahawks' head coach, Brownell led the Seahawks to Colonial Athletic Association titles and NCAA Tournament berths in 2003 and 2006, narrowly losing in the First Round each season. For his efforts, Brownell was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2006. In his four years, the Seahawks never finished below .500, and the 2005–2006 season produced a school-record 25 wins.
Following the 2006 season, Brownell left UNC Wilmington to take the head coach's job at Wright State, against the wishes of Ron Burns, and yet he immediately made an impact. In his first season at Wright State, Brownell led the Raiders to their first-ever Horizon League title, beating out nationally ranked Butler to capture both the regular season and tournament titles. The Raiders earned the 14th seed in the West Region, and lost in the first round of the 2007 NCAA tournament to Pittsburgh. The team's 23 wins was a school record on the Division I level.
Brownell remained head coach at Wright State through the 2010 season. His teams never finished lower than third in conference play, but he was unable to return the Raiders to postseason play.
On April 23, 2010, Brownell was named head coach at Clemson.
Brownell led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in his first year at the school. The Tigers defeated UAB in the First Four, but lost in the Second Round to West Virginia. After two subpar years, the Tigers returned to postseason play in 2014 earning an NIT bid and reaching the semifinals.
On March 20, 2017, the school announced that Brownell would return as head coach for at least one more year. During the 2017–18 season, Brownell lead the Tigers to their first 20 win season since 2013–14. The Tigers finished 11–7 in ACC play, which left them tied for third in the ACC. The Tigers were selected as a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and made it to the Sweet 16, where they lost to #1 seed Kansas.
On July 19, 2018, it was announced that Brownell and Clemson had agreed to a six-year, $15 million contract extension. This extension will keep Brownell at the school through 2024.
Head coaching record
|UNC Wilmington Seahawks (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2006)|
|2002–03||UNC Wilmington||24–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2005–06||UNC Wilmington||25–8||15–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|UNC Wilmington:||83–40 (.675)||52–20 (.722)|
|Wright State Raiders (Horizon League) (2006–2010)|
|2006–07||Wright State||23–10||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|Wright State:||84–45 (.651)||49–21 (.700)|
|Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2010–present)|
|2010–11||Clemson||22–12||9–7||T–4th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2016–17||Clemson||17–16||6–12||12th||NIT First Round|
|2017–18||Clemson||25–10||11–7||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|Clemson:||155–116 (.572)||67–73 (.479)|
Postseason invitational champion
Several of Brownell's assistant coaches have gone on to their own careers as head basketball coaches:
- Billy Donlon – Wright State (2010–2016)
- Earl Grant - College of Charleston (2014–present)
- Rick Ray – Mississippi State (2012–2015), Southeast Missouri State (2015–present)
- Richie Riley – Nicholls State (2016–2018), South Alabama (2018–present)
- PRESS, ASSOCIATED. "Clemson hires Brad Brownell as men's basketball coach". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
- TV3, WWAY (2017-03-20). "Brad Brownell to get at least one more year at Clemson". WWAY TV3. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
- "Brownell, Clemson Extend Agreement". clemsontigers.com. Clemson University. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.