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UMHB names new head basketball coach

Clif Carroll becomes the fourth head men's basketball coach in UMHB history.
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New men's head basketball coach at UMHB.

BELTON, Texas — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor named its next head basketball coach Monday.

Clif Carroll will become the Cru's fourth men's basketball coach on May 4, according to UMHB Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann.

Carroll joins UMHB after a very successful five-year run as Head Coach at Sul Ross State University. He guided the Lobos to an American Southwest Conference Championship, three ASC West Division titles and a 78-55 record during his tenure in Alpine. Sul Ross is 51-28 in ASC play in that time. 

He is the winningest coach in Lobo men’s basketball history after surpassing Doug Davalos’ total earlier this season. 

“I am so excited to have this opportunity, but I am also very humbled and blessed,” Carroll said. “Mary Hardin-Baylor is a very special place. I strive for excellence in everything I do and expect from my program and I have seen that same commitment in UMHB and the way the school approaches the day-to-day expectations. I have been good friends with the coaches at UMHB and enjoyed competing against them over the years. There are some very good players in place and that should help me hit the ground running. I know them and they are familiar with me and my program and the expectations I have for my players.”

Carroll graduated from Texas Tech University in May of 2006 with a degree in exercise and sport science. He earned a Master’s Degree from Sul Ross State in Health and Human Performance in July of 2015. Carroll has also served as a lecturer in Sul Ross State’s Physical Education Department.

“We are very excited to have Clif Carroll join our staff as Head Coach of our men’s basketball program,” Mann said. “We’ve had the opportunity to see him coach against us and build a winning program at Sul Ross State over the past five years. I have been impressed with the way he coaches and the way his teams play and I am looking forward to the future of Cru basketball.”

Carroll takes over for Ken DeWeese, who coached the Cru for 22 seasons before retiring in March. 

Carroll is a native of Meadow, Texas. He and his wife, Beth, have two sons, Waylon and Willie.

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