The Southern Utah University men’s basketball program and Head Coach Todd Simon have announced the promotion of Flynn Clayman to Associate Head Coach.
“Coach Clayman has been a dedicated assistant and a tireless worker for the program,” said Simon. “His growth from a graduate assistant to now Associate Head Coach is a testament to his commitment to excellence.”
Clayman joined the Southern Utah Men’s Basketball staff in 2017 as a Special Assistant. After two seasons in that role, he was promoted to a full-time assistant coach ahead of the 2019-2020 season.
In his first two seasons as an assistant coach, Clayman helped Southern Utah achieve back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001.
Throughout the 2020-2021 season, SUU amassed a 14-0 record on their home court, as well as the highest single-season winning percentage in program history. The Thunderbirds also managed to secure their first-ever Big Sky Regular Season Championship.
This past year, Clayman helped Southern Utah achieve the second-most victories in program history, along with the most postseason victories in a single season, as the team won three games against opponents from the MAC, C-USA, and WCC in The Basketball Classic. Following the conclusion of the season, Clayman was listed as one of the top fifty most impactful Mid-Major assistant coaches in Division I men’s basketball by Silver Waves Media.
Over the past two seasons combined, the Thunderbirds have compiled an overall record of 43-16, including a 26-8 mark in Big Sky play.
Clayman has also played a major role in the recruitment of many SUU players since becoming a full-time assistant, including 2021 First-Team All-Big Sky player, Tevian Jones.
Clayman is excited to continue with the Thunderbirds in his new role.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities given to me by Coach Simon and Southern Utah University,” said Clayman. “Cedar City is a special place, and the program that we have built has been a team effort from our staff, players, fans, student body, and administration. I look forward to continuing to build winners both on and off the court.”
Prior to joining the staff at SUU, Clayman was coaching in Australia as the head coach for AUSA Hoops, which helps develop basketball players and find them a home in the United States to play college basketball.
Clayman played professional basketball from 2012 to 2016 for Dinamo Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), San Vicente (Ecuador), Liga Sorocaba (Brazil), Hapoel Eilat (Israel), Galil Gilboa (Israel), Galil Elion (Israel), and Elitzur Yavne (Israel), following a phenomenal college career with Colorado State, Troy University, and the University of the Cumberlands.