Antonio Reynolds Dean, most recently an assistant coach with the University of Rhode Island’s 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship team, has been named an assistant coach with the Clemson basketball program. Head Coach Brad Brownell made the announcement on Monday.
Reynolds Dean 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.
He is the only person in Rhode Island men’s basketball history to play on, and coach on an Atlantic 10 Conference championship team. He was a starter on the Rams 1999 team that won the title with a two-point win over a Temple team coached by Hall of Fame mentor John Chaney.
“We are excited to add Antonio Reynolds Dean to our coaching staff,” said Brownell. “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.”
“I can’t wait to get to Clemson,” said Reynolds Dean. “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.“
Reynolds Dean was inducted into the University of Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. The native of Atlanta, Ga. finished his college career as one of just three players in program history to tally at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, finishing his career from 1995-99 with 1,576 points (11th-best) and 1,028 boards (3rd-best). He averaged double figures all four years of his career and played in 131…