Roberts Wesleyan College recently named Kevin Clifford as head women’s basketball coach for the Redhawks after a national search.
“We are excited to introduce Coach Clifford as our new head coach for women’s basketball,” said Bob Segave, director of athletics. “Kevin is an excellent basketball coach, a tireless recruiter and a coach who shares our philosophy of education for character. Kevin is a proven leader who can guide our program and build on the success the Redhawks have earned on the court over the past several seasons.”
Clifford brings 13 years of college basketball coaching experience, most recently at Buffalo State. In the 2017-18 season, Clifford led the Bengals to its most wins, 13, since the 2013-14 season, and saw the team advance to the SUNY Athletic Conference semifinals.
Before his time at Buffalo State, Clifford took over the women’s basketball program at College Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, and coached them to their first Skyline Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Clifford’s record at Mount St. Vincent was 47-34. The team won 17 games in the two seasons before he took over as head coach. Clifford was named the All-Metro Co-Coach of the Year and Skyline Coach of the Year in 2013-14.
He worked at City College of New York in 2005-12, where he spent time as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball team and took over as the women’s basketball head coach. Clifford served as the athletic business manager for two years during his time at CCNY.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the next women’s basketball coach at Roberts Wesleyan College,” Clifford said. “I would like to thank President Deana Porterfield and athletic director Bob Segave. I would also like to express my gratitude to the entire selection committee for putting their faith in me to lead the women’s basketball program.”
Clifford makes an emphasis of high expectations in the classroom as well. While at CCNY, the women’s basketball team had the most improved team GPA among all the other teams in the athletic department. The team went from a 2.5 average GPA to a 3.5 in a one-year span.
“With a great tradition of academics and athletics, I am excited to join the Redhawks community,” Clifford said. “I am looking forward to working with the women’s basketball program, building relationships in the college community and creating a culture that expects success on and off the court.”
Clifford was a four-year college basketball player at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He holds a master’s degree in elementary education.
Clifford will take over a Roberts women’s basketball program that posted at least 20 wins in each of the last four seasons.