Coastal Carolina picks Ellis to replace Peterson

CONWAY, S.C. -- Cliff Ellis was hired as Coastal Carolina's
basketball coach Monday, succeeding Buzz Peterson at a school that
finished 15-15 last year.

Cliff Ellis


Ellis, a former Auburn and Clemson coach, signed a five-year
contract, the school said.

"What I see here is a tremendous opportunity," Ellis said. "I
see the potential to have a vision where we can move forward."

Ellis said his past several years working as a television
analyst gave him the chance to examine other teams' strategies.

Ellis was among five finalists for the job vacated last month by
Peterson, who left the Chanticleers after two seasons to become
player personnel director for the Charlotte Bobcats.

The 61-year-old Ellis has a Division I record of 534-337. His
last coaching job ended in 2004 at Auburn, where he went 186-125.
He spent 10 years at Clemson, leaving as the Tigers' winningest
coach in 1994 with a record of 177-128. He had eight NCAA
tournament appearances.