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Lived in Auburn, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


cliff ellisCliff Ellis (born December 5, 1945 in Marianna, Florida) is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach at Coastal Carolina University.[1] Going into the 2009-2010 season, Coach Ellis's 558 victories rank him 50th on the list of all-time career coaching victories in Division 1 basketball.[2] He was national coach of the year in 1999 at Auburn, when his Tigers won 29 games and captured the school’s first SEC championship in 40 years. In 1990 he coached Clemson to its only ACC regular-season first-place finish. His South Alabama teams won Sun Belt Conference regular-season championships in 1979, 1980 and 1981. At both Clemson and South Alabama he holds school records for coaching victories and he is the second-winningest coach in Auburn history.[3]

Ellis is a musician, an author and a gourmet cook. He has even been an ostrich farmer. He and his music group, the Villagers, were one of the Southeast's hottest acts in the mid-1960s. Before he'd ever coached a college game, he had published a book on the 1-3-1 zone press.[1]Ellis was head coach at the University of South Alabama from 1975 to 1984.[1] He is the all-time winningest coach in South Alabama history with a 171–84 during nine seasons.[4] When Ellis became head coach, the administrators at South Alabama were thinking of dropping to Division II. Four years later, he had the Jaguars in the NCAA Tournament and six seasons later, they were ranked in the nation's top 10.[4]

Ellis was head coach and Athletic Director at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee from 1972 to 1975.[1]

Ellis was head coach at the University of South Alabama from 1975 to 1984.[1] He is the all-time winningest coach in South Alabama history with a 171–84 during nine seasons.[4] When Ellis became head coach, the administrators at South Alabama were thinking of dropping to Division II. Four years later, he had the Jaguars in the NCAA Tournament and six seasons later, they were ranked in the nation's top 10.[4]

Ellis, also was the athletic director during part of his tenure, led the Jaguars to three Sun Belt titles, two NCAA Tournament appearances and two NITs.[4]

On April 3, 1984 the former South Alabama coach was named the head basketball coach at Clemson University. Ellis replaced Bill Foster, who left for the University of Miami.[5] Ellis led Clemson to its only Atlantic Coast Conference regular season first place finish in school history. Unfortunately, the ACC does not recognize a regular season champion and is only used for seeding purposes. He was a two-time ACC Coach of the Year (1987 and 1990).[4]

Ellis led the Tigers to the 1999 SEC Championship with a 29–4 record, a state of Alabama record for most wins. The Tigers reached the Sweet 16 in 1998–99 and in 2002–03 under Ellis. Ellis coached Auburn to the top three single season victory marks in school history, with the 1998–99 season, the 1999–2000 season when Auburn went 24–10, and the 2002–03 season where Auburn went 22–12.[4]

Ellis claimed his 500th career Division I coaching victory in a 100–71 win over Georgia State November 26, 2002, to become only the 34th coach to reach the milestone since the NCAA started Division I play in 1948–49.[4]

At the end of the 2003–04 season, Auburn relieved Ellis of coaching duties. He remained in the Auburn community, where his wife Carolyn ran for a state legislature seat in 2006.

On Monday, July 2, 2007, Ellis was named Coastal Carolina's head basketball coach. Ellis replaced Buzz Peterson, who left the program to become director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA.[6]

In the 2009–10 season, he led the Chanticleers to the school's first conference championship since 1990–91. Coastal set new school records for victories in conference play (15) and the regular season (26) in the process.[7]

References

1^ a b c d e f g "Head Coach Cliff Ellis". AuburnTigers.us. Retrieved 2007-03-16.

2^ "Division I Coaching Records". NCAA.org. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-03.

3^ "Former Auburn coach to speak to Chipola boosters". Chipola.edu. 2005-09-26. Retrieved 2007-03-16.

4^ a b c d e f "Auburn Head Coach Cliff Ellis To Be Inducted Into Mobile Sports Hall Of Fame". Test.com. 2003-04-22. Retrieved 2007-03-16.

5^ "Sports People; Comings and Goings". The New York Times. 1984-04-03. Retrieved 2007-03-16.

6^ "Sources: Coastal Carolina picks Ellis to replace Peterson". ESPN.com. 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2010-03-03.

7^ "Sources:Coastal Carolina - Team Notes". usatoday.com. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-03.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Ellis


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