Coleman to be dismissed

Coleman to be dismissed

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Coleman to be dismissed

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TheClemsonInsider.com has learned from multiple sources that head women’s basketball coach Itoro Coleman will be dismissed Friday.

Coleman completed her third season as the Lady Tigers’ head coach with a 56-45 loss to NC State in the ACC tournament on Thursday.

Coleman was in her third stint with the Tigers.  She played for the Tigers from 1995-1999 and served as an assistant coach from 2002-2007.

Clemson was outscored 16-1 over the final 6:14 Thursday as NC State topped the Lady Tigers in the first round of the 2013 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC. Clemson finished the season 9-21 overall.

The Lady Tigers were 25-63 overall in Coleman’s three seasons with their best year coming in year one when they went 10-20 overall. The 2012-’13 season was her best in the ACC as Clemson posted a 5-13 mark in the conference, which was a three-game improvement from the year before. The Lady Tigers finished ninth in the ACC Standings this year.

Coleman’s teams were 10-41 overall against ACC competition, including an 0-3 mark in the ACC Tournament.

It was a very turbulent final season for Coleman. Though she had a top 30 recruiting class last year, she could not keep her players happy. This season, she had four of those players leave the team and announce they were transferring, while another left before the year even started.

Clemson finished the season with only eight players of the roster.

Coleman did lead the Lady Tigers to an historic win at No. 21 North Carolina, the first signature win as a head coach, during the 2011-12 season. It was Clemson’s first win against a ranked team on the road since the 2003-04 season, and the Lady Tigers held the Heels to their fewest points in school history at home in the 52-47 win.

As a player at Clemson, Coleman led the Lady Tigers to a pair of ACC Tournament championships as the team’s point guard. Clemson won the conference title her freshman year, 1995-96, and her senior year, 1998-99. She was the tournament’s MVP as a senior, in addition to a first-team All-ACC selection.

That same season, she was an honorable mention AP All-American. She was selected to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary team in 2002, one of just four Clemson players honored by the conference. Coleman still ranks 11th in Clemson history in scoring (1,409 points), fourth in games played (127), second in free throws made, third in assists, and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73).

Clemson had a record of 93-33 in her four years as a player, the most wins in Clemson history for a senior class. Her senior class won the only two ACC Championships in school history, played in four NCAA Tournaments, including one Sweet 16 season, and all four of her teams were ranked in the final top-25, including a final No. 10 Associated Press ranking in 1999.

Coleman was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame as a player in 2008.

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