The $63.5 million renovation project for Littlejohn Coliseum renovation began in late May 2015. "This is an exciting step for the future of our basketball programs and our athletic department," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. "We've said from the beginning of this process the goal is to have a completely different feel for our fans, alumni, students and student-athletes in this building, and that's the direction we're headed." Read More
Brad Brownell enters his eighth season in charge of the Clemson men’s basketball program in 2017-18. The Evansville, Ind., native was named the 22nd men’s basketball coach at Clemson University on April 13, 2010.
In seven seasons at Clemson, he has compiled a 124-103 record and taken the Tigers to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and two NIT appearances. He is No. 1 in Clemson coaching history in terms of winning percentage against ACC competition, and his 59 wins over ACC teams are tied with Cliff Ellis entering the season.
Brownell enters his 16th season overall with a career record of 291-188. Clemson has posted a school-record 10 ACC regular season wins in its long history just five times, and two have come under Brownell’s watch.
Dick Bender, Clemson’s director of men’s basketball operations from 2010-14, returned to the program as an assistant coach for the Tigers in the summer of 2016. Bender worked two seasons as an assistant coach under Earl Grant, who left Clemson in 2014 to take the head coaching position at College of Charleston. Bender enters his second season as an assistant in 2017-18.
He had a positive effect on Clemson’s lead guards in his first season. Shelton Mitchell was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer and posted over 100 assists in his first season at Clemson, while Avry Holmes led the ACC in three-point shooting percentage. Bender saw the Tigers win 17 games in his first season, including a 62-60 thriller at South Carolina, a team that went on to the Final Four.
In two seasons at Charleston, Bender helped orchestrate an eight-win improvement overall from 2014-15 to 2015-16. The Cougars went 17-14 in Bender’s second season on staff, with an 8-10 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. Six of the Cougars’ players earned postseason honors, including Cameron Johnson, an All-CAA Third Team and All-Defensive Team selection.
Steve Smith enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Clemson men’s basketball program in 2017-18. Head coach Brad Brownell added Smith to his staff in the summer of 2012 after he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University.
With Smith on staff, the Tigers have won 10 ACC regular season games in two of five seasons. Smith coaches the Tiger wing players, and for the past two seasons he helped spearhead the productivity displayed by two-time All-ACC forward Jaron Blossomgame. He led the Tigers in scoring each of the past three seasons, and was named the ACC’s Most Improved Player in 2015-16 before posting similar numbers again as a senior in 2016-17.
In 2013-14, he worked with first-team All-ACC forward and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, K.J. McDaniels. He produced one of the greatest individual seasons in school history and declared early for the 2014 NBA Draft, where he is now part of the Brooklyn Nets organization.
Antonio Reynolds Dean
Antonio Reynolds Dean, most recently an assistant coach with the University of Rhode Island’s 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship team, has been named an assistant coach with the Clemson basketball program.
Reynolds Dean helped the Rams to a 25-10 record and the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Creighton and lost by just three points to eventual Final Four team Oregon.
He is the only person in Rhode Island men’s basketball history to play on, and coach on an Atlantic 10 Conference championship team. He was a starter on the Rams 1999 team that won the title with a two-point win over a Temple team coached by Hall of Fame mentor John Chaney.
Director of Operations
Lucas McKay enters his eighth season with the men’s basketball program in 2017-18, his fourth as director of operations. McKay assumed the promotion in 2014 after serving as Clemson’s video coordinator for four seasons.
In three seasons as director of operations, McKay has helped the Tigers to a 34 ACC regular season wins, including a school record-tying 10 in 2015-16.
That season, Clemson tied for seventh in the nation’s toughest conference and earned four wins over ranked competition, including three straight from Jan. 10-16, 2016. The Tigers also defeated eventual Final Four participant Syracuse on the road in the Carrier Dome in overtime. Clemson duplicated the feat by beating a Final Four team at South Carolina, 62-60, in Columbia in 2016-17.