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Clemson’s BOT approves new basketball coach's contract

The Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee formally approved the contract for Antonio Reynolds Dean, Clemson’s new men’s basketball assistant coach, on Monday.

Reynolds Dean will make a base salary of $190,000.

As The Clemson Insider reported last Monday, Reynolds Dean was hired to replace Mike Winiecki on Brad Brownell’s staff. Winiecki was let go in April.

Reynolds Dean was an assistant coach at Rhode Island, his alma mater, the past two years.

Last season, he 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.

“We are excited to add Antonio Reynolds Dean to our coaching staff,” Brownell said. “He was a great player who got the most out of his ability and now he takes great pride in teaching the game in the same manner.

“He has an outstanding resume when it comes to recruiting, having signed all-league players at multiple schools. He has a lot of ties to the southeast and will make a big contribution to our staff in that area. He is a terrific fit for our program and he will be a great role model for our players.”

Reynolds Dean spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant at the College of Charleston.

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.

“I can’t wait to get to Clemson,” Reynolds Dean said. “Brad Brownell is one of the most respected coaches in the game. He has a history of helping his assistant coaches become head coaches. I love the offensive and defensive philosophy and the way he works with his players and coaching staff.”

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 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 (third-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.

–Staff Reports contributed to this story

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