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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers men's basketball

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers men's basketball team is the men's basketball team that represents Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Sun Belt Conference. Tony Dunkin, a former Chanticleer, is the only men's basketball player in NCAA Division I history to be named the conference player of the year all four seasons he played.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
2018–19 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers men's basketball team
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers wordmark.svg
UniversityCoastal Carolina University
Head coachCliff Ellis (12th season)
ConferenceSun Belt
LocationConway, South Carolina
ArenaHTC Center
(Capacity: 3,600)
ColorsTeal, Bronze, and Black[1]
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1991, 1993, 2014, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
1990, 1991, 1993, 2014, 2015
Conference Regular Season Champions
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2010, 2011,
2014 (South)

Postseason historyEdit

Coastal Carolina has competed in the NCAA Tournament four times and have a record of 0–4. In 1991, the Chanticleers were a fifteen seed and lost 79–69 to Indiana. In 1993, the team was a sixteen seed and lost 84–53 to Michigan; Michigan later vacated the victory.[2] The Chanticleers next appeared in 2014, as a sixteen seed, losing to first-seed Virginia, 70–59. In 2015, after beating Winthrop 81–70 for the Big South championship,[3] the team made their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Again a sixteen seen, the Chanticleers lost to eventual tournament runner-up Wisconsin, 86–72.

The Chanticleers have also appeared in two National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), where they have a record of 0–2, two Postseason Tournaments (CIT), where they have a record of 3–2, and one College Basketball Invitational (CBI), where they have a record of 4–2.

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

Year Round Opponent Result
1991 First Round (2) Indiana L 69–79
1993 First Round (1) Michigan L 53–84*
2014 Second Round (1) Virginia L 59–70
2015 Second Round (1) Wisconsin L 72–86

*Michigan's win later vacated.
Note: From 2011-2015, the tournament's First Round consisted of the First Four play-in games.

NIT resultsEdit

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First Round (2) UAB L 49–65
2011 First Round (1) Alabama L 44–68

CIT resultsEdit

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Old Dominion L 66–68
2016 First Round
Second Round
New Hampshire
Grand Canyon
UC Irvine
W 65–57
W 71–62
W 60–58
L 47–66

CBI resultsEdit

The Chanticleers have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) two times. Their combined record is 6-3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2017 First Round
Finals–Game 1
Finals–Game 2
Finals–Game 3
Loyola (MD)
W 83–67
W 72–63
W 89–78
W 91–81
L 57–81
L 59–83
2019 First Round
West Virginia
W 81–72
W 109-91
L 87-92

Current coaching staffEdit

Name Position
Cliff Ellis Head Basketball Coach
Benny Moss Associate Head Coach
Patrice Days Assistant Coach
Patrick Blake Assistant Coach
Matt Hurt Director of Basketball Operations
Travis Eaton Video Coordinator
Bonnie Neal Administrative Assistant
Evan Beaty Graduate Assistant
Trey Rakes Graduate Assistant
Warren Gillis Special Assistant; Quality Control
Matt Donelson Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning

Head coaching historyEdit

Updated through results of the 2017–18 season.

Head coach Years Overall record Conference record
Dan Selwa 1974–1975 6–17 (.241)
Russ Bergman 1975–1994 306–246 (.554) 75–41 (.647)
Michael Hopkins 1994–1998 30–76 (.283) 14–42 (.250)
Pete Strickland 1998–2005 70–127 (.355) 42–56 (.429)
Buzz Peterson 2005–2007 35–25 (.583) 19–11 (.633)
Cliff Ellis 2007–present 213–147 (.592) 116–74 (.611)

Conference affiliations: Big South (1985–86 to 2015–16), Sun Belt (2016–17 to present)
Source: [4]


  1. ^ "Coastal Carolina University Graphic Standards" (PDF). Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "NCAA Basketball Tournament History: Coastal Carolina". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "NCAA gamecast - Winthrop vs Coastal Carolina". Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer Fact Book" (PDF). 2017–18. Retrieved July 1, 2018 – via

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