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Brad Brownell


Brad Brownell

Brad Brownell
Brownell in 2013
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Clemson
Record 90–73 (.552)
Biographical details

(1968-11-15) November 15, 1968

Evansville, Indiana
Playing career
1988–1991 DePauw
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1992 Evansville (asst.)
1992–1994 Indianapolis (asst.)
1994–2002 UNC Wilmington (asst.)
2002–2006 UNC Wilmington
2006–2010 Wright State
2010–present Clemson
Head coaching record
Overall 257–158 (.619)
Accomplishments and honors
Horizon League Tournament championship (2007)
Horizon League regular season championship (2007)
CAA Tournament championship (2003, 2006)
CAA regular season championship (2003, 2006)

CAA Coach of the Year (2003, 2006)

Horizon League Coach of the Year (2008)

Brad 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 legend 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 UNC Wilmington to take over at Richmond, and Brownell was promoted to head coach.

During his time as the Seahawks' head coach, Brownell led the UNC Wilmington 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.


  • Head coaching record 1
  • Coaching tree 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2006)
2002–03 UNC Wilmington 24–7 15–3 1st NCAA First Round
2003–04 UNC Wilmington 15–15 9–9 7th
2004–05 UNC Wilmington 19–10 13–5 T–2nd
2005–06 UNC Wilmington 25–8 15–3 T–1st NCAA First Round
UNC Wilmington: 83–40 (.675) 52–20 (.722)
Wright State (Horizon League) (2006–2010)
2006–07 Wright State 23–10 13–3 T–1st NCAA First Round
2007–08 Wright State 21–10 12–6 3rd
2008–09 Wright State 20–13 12–6 3rd
2009–10 Wright State 20–12 12–6 2nd
Wright State: 84–45 (.651) 49–21 (.700)
Clemson (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2010–present)
2010–11 Clemson 22–12 9–7 T–4th NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Clemson 16–15 8–8 7th
2012–13 Clemson 13–18 5–13 11th
2013–14 Clemson 23–13 10–8 6th NIT Semifinals
2014–15 Clemson 16–15 8–10 T-9th
2015–16 Clemson 0–0 0–0
Clemson: 90–73 (.552) 40–46 (.465)
Total: 257–158 (.619)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching tree

Several of Brownell's assistant coaches have gone on to their own careers as head basketball coaches:


External links

  • Clemson bio
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