Dwon Clifton enters his second season on the Baylor men's basketball coaching staff and his first as coordinator of operations. During the 2008-09 season, Clifton served as director of player development. Clifton, who was hired in July 2008, arrived at Baylor after a solid two-year summer coaching stint as the head coach for the D-One Sports Basketball 17 and under travel team.
The Bears became a national media staple during the 2008-09 season as the program set several new school records. Baylor posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history, while advancing to its first Big 12 Championship title game, only to fall to Missouri. During its improbable postseason run, Baylor became the first No. 9 seed to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game.
Baylor's 2008-09 squad did something the 2007-08 Bears were unable to accomplish - win a postseason game. The Bears advanced to the NIT championship game with a semfinal win over San Diego State at Madison Square Garden before falling to Penn State in the title game.
Baylor played a school-record 39 games, including a school-record 34 on television. Nineteen of those 34 games were televised nationally - 18 on the ESPN family of networks. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Baylor had played just 14 games on the ESPN family of networks in the previous 11 seasons.
PRIOR TO BAYLOR
Clifton played two seasons for former assistant coach and current North Florida head coach Matthew Driscoll at Clemson University from 2000 to 2002. He later transferred to UNC Greensboro, where he completed his collegiate career. He enjoyed a brief professional playing career in Portugal as a member of Vila Pouca in the FIBA professional league, averaging 22 points in 2005. He later played for Club Averio, leading the league in steals while averaging 10 points in 2005-06.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Clifton began conducting instructional clinics in the summer of 2006 at the Five-Star Basketball Camp.
Clifton received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from UNC Greensboro in May 2005. He and his wife Lucinda have one son, Kingston, who was born on Dwon's birthday, Jan. 28, 2008.