Brad Brownell is Clemson's twenty-second basketball coach, being hired on April 13, 2010, following the sudden resignation of Oliver Purnell on April 6 to take the head coaching job for DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Brownell was born November 15, 1968 in Evansville, Indiana. He 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 on the bench at the University of Indianapolis while earning his master's degree. Finishing the 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.
-record 25 wins. Following the 2006 season, Brownell left UNC Wilmington to take the head coach's job at Wright State, and 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.