Austin Claunch

Austin Claunch (born November 17, 1989)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Alabama Crimson Tide (Head coach: Nate Oats)
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Teams coached: Nicholls Colonels
Nicholls State record: 90-61 (.596)
Overall record: 90-61 (.596)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2022)
  • Southland Regular Season Champion:  2  (2021, 2022)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Alabama (asst)
2018-2023 Nicholls
2016-2018 Nicholls (asst)
2015-2016 Clemson (aast)
2013-2015 Clemson (grad. asst)
2012-2013 George Mason (DPD)

Austin Claunch Facts

  • Austin Claunch
  • Born November 17, 1989
  • Hometown: Cypress, Texas
  • Alma Mater: Emory University (BA, 2012) / Clemson University (MA, 2015)
  • Played at Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, serving as team captain for two years
  • In four years at D-III Emory, Claunch was a three-time All-UAA selection and graduated as the school’s all-time assist leader
  • Spent one year as Paul Hewitt‘s DPD at George Mason before becoming a graduate assistant under Brad Brownell at Clemson
    • After finishing his master’s degree, Claunch became assistant video director at Clemson
  • Hired by Richie Riley as a full-time assistant at Nicholls State in 2016
  • Took over as the Colonels’ head coach two years later when Riley left for South Alabama
    • Led the Colonels to back-to-back Southland titles in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons; went 90-61 overall in five seasons
  • Left Nicholls in 2023 to take an assistant coach position on Nate Oats‘ staff at Alabama

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