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CCU Coach Cliff Ellis retires

Cliff Ellis, who additionally coached at Clemson, Auburn and South Alabama throughout a five-decade profession, retired at present.

With 829 victories over 45 seasons, Ellis is the winningest lively coach within the sport. The Chanticleers are 3-5 this season after beating NAIA opponent St. Andrews 110-46 on Monday.

When Ellis started teaching within the late Sixties, he was a Florida native. In 1972, regardless of having no earlier school taking part in or teaching expertise, he was employed as head coach at Cumberland Junior School. In 1975, he took over the South Alabama program.

In 9 years with the Jaguars, Ellis gained 171 video games and is the second-winningest coach at school historical past. Along with successful three Solar Belt regular-season championships and a visit to the NCAA and NIT, he served as USA’s athletic director.

The Tigers reached the NCAA event 3 times below his tutelage, together with an ACC championship and a Candy 16 berth in 1990.

In his 10 seasons with Auburn, Ellis coached the Tigers to 186 victories, the third most in program historical past after Joel Eaves and Bruce Pearl. His 1998-99 staff went 29-4 and gained the SEC, reaching the Candy 16.

In 2003-04, Ellis’ different Auburn groups additionally reached the NCAA event, however Ellis was fired after a 14-14 document. He was employed by Coastal Carolina in 2007 after two years away from teaching.

Beneath Ellis’ steering, the Chanticleers reached the NCAA event and NIT twice every, and gained a pair of Massive South convention titles earlier than becoming a member of the Solar Belt in 2016.

Whereas at Auburn, Ellis was named Nationwide Coach of the Yr by the Related Press. He’s a member of each the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame and the Cell Sports activities Corridor of Fame.

Amongst Division I males’s basketball coaches, Ellis ranks tenth, one win behind Jim Phelan (830 wins at Mount St. Mary’s). Except for him are Mike Krzyzewski (1,202), Jim Boeheim (1,015), Bob Huggins (935), Jim Calhoun (920), Roy Williams (903), Bob Knight (902), Dean Smith (879) and Adolph Rupp (876).

At Coastal Carolina College, which hosts Wofford on Saturday, assistant coach Benny Moss is predicted to take over as interim coach.