Following up on a DIII Rumor that I posted yesterday…it’s now been made official at Sul Ross, Clif Carroll has been named head coach.
Carroll, 33, who spent the last two seasons in the same capacity at McMurry University, Abilene, replaces Greg Wright, who resigned earlier this year after nine seasons with the Lobos. Carroll will also serve as a lecturer in Physical Education.
Prior to his stint at McMurry, Carroll was an assistant for Pat Knight at Lamar University, Beaumont, from 2011-2013. Earlier, he was an assistant coach at Collin County Community College, Plano (2008-2011), when the Cougars won 77 games over a three-year span. During two years as an assistant at South Plains College, Levelland, the Texans posted a 56-12 mark. South Plains won the National Junior College Athletics Association national championship in 2008, finishing 30-5.
“Clif brings extensive experience at the junior college, Division I and Division II levels, and has been a part of several highly successful programs,” said Sul Ross State University interim athletics director Bobby Mesker. “His familiarity with Texas collegiate basketball and the West Texas region make him an excellent fit for the Lobo athletic program.”
Carroll said, “I want to thank Dr. (Bill) Kibler (President), Mr. (Butch) Worley (Vice President for External Affairs), Coach Mesker and the Search Committee for giving me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“I plan to build a program based on toughness, character and winning games,” he said. “More importantly, we will have student-athletes and an overall program that the university, the community and the region can really be proud of.”
Carroll said he will be inviting prospective student-athletes to campus beginning this weekend. “I’m getting straight to work. I’m a Sul Ross Lobo and I’m getting on it right now.”
Carroll, a Meadow native, began his coaching career as a student assistant on Bob Knight’s staff at Texas Tech University, Lubbock. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Texas Tech in 2006. He will complete a Master’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Sul Ross in August.
“I previously spent a summer in Alpine working on my master’s, and I have visited here a number of times,” he said. “This has always been a place I have migrated to and my family and I are looking forward to living in Alpine.”