Brad Brownell '91 Tapped to Lead Clemson Basketball Program

Brad Brownell '91 Tapped to Lead Clemson Basketball Program

April 13, 2010

Brad Brownell ax.jpgApril 13, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Brad Brownell, a 1991 graduate of DePauw University who  has averaged nearly 21 wins per year in his eight years as a Division I head coach, was today named head men's basketball coach at Clemson University. Brownell comes to Clemson from Wright State University, a program he led to four consecutive 20-win seasons.

"I'm humbled by this opportunity," Brownell said at a news conference this afternoon. "This is a wonderful university, and I'm taking over a program that's in good shape in the best basketball league in the country."

Brownell has a career record of 167-85, and the .663 winning percentage is ranked in the top 30 nationally among active Division I coaches. Before his tenure at Wright State, he served four years leading the men's basketball program at the University of North Brad Brownell Action.jpgCarolina - Wilmington, where he compiled an 83-40 record. In his four years at Wright State he posted an 84-45 record. has recorded six 20-win seasons in his eight years as a head coach and has taken three teams (UNC-Wilmington 2003 & 2006; Wright State in 2007) to the NCAA tournament. He has a 15-5 record in conference postseason tournaments, including three postseason tournament titles.

Brownell was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2002-03 and 2005-06 and the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2006-07. Additionally, Brownell was one of 15 finalists for the Hugh Durham Coach of the Year Award for mid-major programs in 2007.

"I am here for Clemson, and I am going to fight for Clemson," he told reporters a short time ago. "The goal is to get this team to the Final Four, and I told them [the players] that was my goal. We certainly can compete with the best in the ACC."

As a DePauw junior, he played on the Tiger team that went to the Division III national championship game.

After graduating from DePauw, where he majored in history, Brownell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Evansville Brad Brownell DePauw.jpgunder Jim Crews in 1991-92 then served as an assistant at the University of Indianapolis for two seasons. He then started a 12-year-run at UNC-Wilmington, eight as an assistant or associate head coach, and four as the head coach.

Brownell earned a master's degree at the University of Indianapolis in 1994.

Access an article at the New York Times' Web site.

On March 10, Paul Shepherd asked in the Times of Northwest Indiana if DePauw is "a coaching hotbed." He wrote, "Both Butler coach Brad Stevens (1999) and Wright State coach Brad Brownell ('91) graduated from DePauw University, located about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Both coaches have also had exceptional starts to their coaching careers." Read more in this story.

Brad Stevens was on campus today to deliver the Robert C. McDermond Lecture. Learn more here.