Coastal’s Ellis on verge of another milestone victory

ccuhoops-ellissafeCoastal Carolina men’s basketball coach Cliff Ellis is on the verge of reaching another milestone in his four-decade coaching career.

Ellis will go for win No. 700 on Saturday at 2 p.m. against visiting Winthrop. A victory would put him among the nation’s winningest coaches of all-time. He would become only the 20th coach to reach the mark in Division I.

While at Coastal Carolina, Ellis has amassed a pair of Big South regular season championships and two conference tournament titles, making him one of only 12 coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead four different institutions to the NCAA Tournament.

Furthermore, with a victory over UNC Asheville on Feb. 3, 2015, Ellis became the only coach in NCAA Division I history to tally 150-plus wins at four institutions. He is also one of two coaches to win championships in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference.

Ellis is a member of three halls of fame after entering Clemson’s in 2013. He was already part of the Mobile (Ala.) Area Sports and Cumberland College halls of fame. He was also named the recipient of the 2014 Gene Bartow Award, which recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the game, on and off the floor.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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