Coastal Carolina tabs Ellis as new basketball coach
Conway, SC (Sports Network) – Coastal Carolina University named Cliff Ellis
its new head men’s basketball coach on Monday. Ellis inked a five-year deal
and will be the sixth coach in Coastal history.
The 61-year-old Ellis has been a successful coach throughout his career,
recording a 534-337 record as a Division I head coach and a 612-349 mark
overall. He is currently 47th in all-time Division I wins and will enter next
season as the 12th winningest active Division I coach.
Ellis spent 10 years (1994-2004) as the head coach at Auburn, posting a
186-125 record. In 1999 he led the Tigers to a school record 29-4 mark,
including 14-2 in the SEC to win the league title, and advanced the team to
the NCAA Championship as a No. 1 seed, eventually advancing to the Sweet 16.
Ellis also coached at Clemson from 1984-1994, putting together a 177-128
record. He led the Tigers to the 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference title, the
only in the school’s history, with a 24-8 overall record and an appearance in
the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
Most recently, Ellis has worked as a television broadcast analyst.
The veteran coach succeeds Buzz Peterson at Coastal Carolina, who left the
school to take the director of player personnel position with the NBA’s