Claude English

Claude English (born December 26, 1946)

Teams coached: Park (MO) Pirates, Rhode Island Rams
Rhode Island record: 45-66 (.405)
Overall record^: 45-66 (.405)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1981)
  • Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion:  1  (1981)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1998)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1992-2005 Park University (MO)
1980-1984 Rhode Island
1971-1980 Rhode Island (asst)

Claude English Facts

  • Claude W. English
  • Born December 26, 1946
  • Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
  • Alma Mater: University of Rhode Island (BA, 1970)
  • Born in Georgia, English was a three-sport star athlete at South Girard HS in Alabama
    • A four-year starter in basketball, he led his squad to a state championship in 1966
  • Played for head coach Tom Carmody at Rhode Island, where he was a two-time captain and All-Yankee Conference honoree
    • Had a brief NBA career, spending one season playing for the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Returned to his alma mater in 1971 and spent nine seasons as an assistant under Tom Carmody (1971-73) and Jack Kraft (1973-80)
  • Elevated to head coach of the Rams in 1980, going 45-66 in four seasons at the helm
  • Became the head coach at NAIA Park University (Parkville, MO) in 1992 and spent 13 seasons at the helm
    • Won 182 games, the second-most in program history, and was twice named AMC COY
    • Reached the NAIA Tournament in 1998 and advanced to the Semi-Finals (Final Four)
    • Named Athletic Director at Park in 1996 and held that title until his retirement in July 2021

Claude English Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels