WASHINGTON, D.C. — Clemson head coach Brad Brownell has a new assistant basketball coach.
The Clemson Insider has learned that Antonio Reynolds Dean, will replace Mike Winiecki on his staff. Winiecki was let go in April.
Reynolds Dean was an assistant coach at Rhode Island the past two years. He was at the College of Charleston before that. Clemson is expected to make a formal announcement on Reynolds Dean’s hire some time in the next few weeks.
Prior to joining the staff at College of Charleston, Reynolds Dean served on Bill Coen’s coaching staff at Northeastern. During his time in Boston, he helped guide the Huskies to two NIT appearances in 2010 and 2013. He began his college coaching career at Fairfield University, serving as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations during the 2008-09 season.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Reynolds Dean finished his college career as one of the best post players in Rhode Island history. He is one of just three players in program history to tally at least than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, finishing his career in Keaney Blue from 1995-99 with 1,576 points (11th-best) and 1,028 boards (3rd-best).
He also ranks third all-time in blocked shots (235) and career games played (131). Reynolds Dean was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1995-96 while also earning a spot on the A-10’s All-Defensive team in 1996-97. He was a Third Team All-Conference pick in 1998-99.
Part of one of the winningest classes in program history, Reynolds Dean’s Rhode Island teams reached postseason play highlighted by a run to the 1998 NCAA Elite Eight. As a senior, he was part of URI’s 1999 Atlantic 10 Tournament championship – the only A-10 tourney title in school history.
He spent nine years playing professional basketball. After beginning his pro career with the Dakota Wizards of the International Basketball Association, he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000. Reynolds Dean also played throughout Europe and finished his playing career in Argentina.
Reynolds Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in human development and family studies from Rhode Island in 1999. In 2012, he added a master’s degree in sports leadership from Northeastern. He and his wife, Johanna, are the proud parents of two daughters, Jasmine and Naomi.