#Clemson officially introduces Shawn Poppie as its new women’s basketball coach (AUDIO) – SportsTalkSC

#Clemson officially introduces Shawn Poppie as its new women’s basketball coach (AUDIO) – SportsTalkSC

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Shawn Poppie led Chattanooga to consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament (UTC Athletics)

Shawn Poppie is back home. Clemson’s new women’s basketball coach was officially introduced by the university on Tuesday as the eighth head coach in program history. And though he’s a newcomer to the school, it’s not unfamiliar territory for him.

Poppie played collegiately at Limestone, where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in sports management. He was a two-time All-Conference player for the Saints and was the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals. Poppie was inducted into the school’s “Hall of Fame” in 2017 and stayed with the college to begin his coaching career. He worked at Limestone as the program’s recruiting coordinator, where he signed three all-conference players, helping the Saints advance to the 2012 national tournament following a 25-win season.

The 2023-24 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, Poppie, comes to Clemson from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he compiled a 48-18 record in his two seasons with the Mocs, including a 28-win season this year en route to Chattanooga’s second-consecutive Southern Conference championship.

Prior to his time at UTC, Poppie was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech under head coach Kenny Brooks from 2016–2021. He was ultimately promoted to associate head coach for the Hokies and helped guide VT to six consecutive winning seasons.  Before making his move to Blacksburg, Poppie spent time as an assistant at Furman and was also a member of the coaching staff at USC-Upstate. So, it’s easy to see why Poppie feels right at home with the Tigers.

Poppie replaces Amanda Butler, who was fired in March after six seasons on the bench at Clemson. Butler was 81-106 in her time with the Tigers, finishing with an ACC mark of 32-73. She guided the Tigers to one NCAA tournament appearance (2019) and two trips to the WNIT.

CU WBB HC Shawn Poppie — Introductory Press Conference

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