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Cliff Ellis is Clemson's winningest coach in Clemson basketball history on a total victories basis (177-128). Hired as Clemson's eighteenth basketball coach, he held the position for ten years, [[1984]]-[[1994]]. He took the Tigers to eight post-season tournaments, three NCAAs and five NITs. He coached Clemson to the [[ACC]] regular season title in [[1989]]-[[1990]], the only regular season ACC title in Clemson history. The Tigers had a 24-8 record that year. His [[1986]]-[[1987]] team won a record 25 games.
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Oliver Purnell served for seven years as Clemson University's twenty-first Men's Basketball coach, [[2003]]-[[2010]], achieving a record of 138-88. He resigned early on [[April 6]], [[2010]], to take the head job with the DePaul University basketball program in Chicago, Illinois.
  
Ellis set 33 Clemson coaching records, including ACC regular season victories, victories at home and home winning percentage.  He coached Clemson to three NCAA Tournament appearances in a four-year period ([[1986]]-[[1990]]).  He left Clemson after the [[1993]]-[[1994]] season to become the head coach at Auburn and he took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament and a top-10 national ranking in [[1998]]-[[1999]].
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==Early life==
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Purnell was born [[May 19]], [[1953]] in Berlin, Maryland.
  
Ellis won 22 games over top 25 teams in his ten years at Clemson, including an upset of 12th-ranked Florida State in the 1993 ACC Tournament, and a victory over a Number 2-ranked North Carolina team in [[1994]].
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==Education==
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Purnell attended Old Dominion University where he earned a B.S. degree in health and physical education in 1975. He earned a master's degree in physical education and administration from Old Dominion in 1978.
  
Ellis was named ACC Coach-of-the-Year in [[1986]]-[[1987]] and [[1989]]-[[1990]], the only Clemson coach to win that award. After a short stint in broadcasting, he was hired as head coach at Coastal Carolina in [[July]] [[2007]].
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He earned three letters playing basketball at Old Dominion between 1972 and 1975. He was the team MVP and honorable mention All-American in 1975 when he led Old Dominion to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
  
{{Succession|previous=[[Bill Foster]]|title=[[List of Clemson Basketball Coaches|Clemson University Basketball Coach]]|after=[[Rick  Barnes]]}}
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==Coaching==
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Purnell served as a Graduate Assistant at Old Dominion (1975-1977), and then as Assistant Coach at ODU (1978-1985). From 1985 to 1988 he was an Assistant Coach at the University of Maryland.
  
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He became Head Coach at Radford University (1988-1991), then returned to Old Dominion University as Head Coach (1991-1994) before moving on to Dayton from 1994 to 2003. He became the Clemson head coach on [[April 5]], [[2003]], replacing [[Larry Shyatt]] who served from 1998 to 2003.
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Entering his seventh and final season as the Tigers' Head Coach, Purnell had a 373-268 record for a .582 percentage over 21 years.
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{{Succession|previous=[[Larry Shyatt]]|title=[[List of Clemson Basketball Coaches|Clemson University Basketball Coaches]]|after=[[Brad Brownell]]}}
 
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Revision as of 12:49, 30 August 2010

Oliver Purnell served for seven years as Clemson University's twenty-first Men's Basketball coach, 2003-2010, achieving a record of 138-88. He resigned early on April 6, 2010, to take the head job with the DePaul University basketball program in Chicago, Illinois.

Early life

Purnell was born May 19, 1953 in Berlin, Maryland.

Education

Purnell attended Old Dominion University where he earned a B.S. degree in health and physical education in 1975. He earned a master's degree in physical education and administration from Old Dominion in 1978.

He earned three letters playing basketball at Old Dominion between 1972 and 1975. He was the team MVP and honorable mention All-American in 1975 when he led Old Dominion to the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Coaching

Purnell served as a Graduate Assistant at Old Dominion (1975-1977), and then as Assistant Coach at ODU (1978-1985). From 1985 to 1988 he was an Assistant Coach at the University of Maryland.

He became Head Coach at Radford University (1988-1991), then returned to Old Dominion University as Head Coach (1991-1994) before moving on to Dayton from 1994 to 2003. He became the Clemson head coach on April 5, 2003, replacing Larry Shyatt who served from 1998 to 2003.

Entering his seventh and final season as the Tigers' Head Coach, Purnell had a 373-268 record for a .582 percentage over 21 years.


Preceded by: Larry Shyatt Clemson University Basketball Coaches Succeeded by: Brad Brownell