Head Men's Coach, Clemens High School (Schertz, TX)
Clifton Ellis was named the head coach at Clemens High School (Schertz, TX) in the spring of 2012. In his first year with the Buffaloes, the program finished with 25 wins which was more than total number of wins from the previous two years combined.
In the Summer of 2016, Ellis took his role in The Basketball Embassy to new heights, becoming the U18 Men’s National Team Coach of Macedonia. In 2015, The Macedonian Men’s Team finished 21st in the European Championship B-Division. Under the direction of Coach Ellis, the team improved 5 places and finished 16th in 2016.
Before coming to Clemens, Coach Ellis was named the first Head Boys Basketball Coach at Wagner High School. In his 6 years as head coach at Wagner, the school won 4 district championships and 2 regional championships along with a regional final appearance in 2008. The Thunderbirds were rated in the ESPN top 50 in the nation 3 times from 2008-2010These teams produced future NBA stars Andre Roberson and Jordan Clarkson, both whom have attributed much of their early successes to Coach Ellis.
Before coming to Wagner Coach Ellis spent four years at Judson High School. In 2003, the Rockets made an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen, before falling to CC Ray in the Regional Semi- Finals. In 2002, the Rockets had tremendous success in reaching the round of the Elite Eight, before losing to the 2002 state champion San Antonio John Jay in the Regional Finals.
Coach Ellis came to Judson High School after spending one season as an assistant at South
San High School. While at South San High School the Bobcats won the district championship and gained a birth in the Regional Quarter- Finals. Prior to coaching in high School, Clifton Ellis spent one year as a student assistant coach at his Alma mater Southwest Texas State University while earning his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and History. While on the staff at SWTSU, the Bobcats made an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament Semi- Finals.
Coach Ellis played collegiate basketball at Temple College and Southwest Texas State University where he was a starting point guard for all four years. While playing at Temple College he led the Leopards to the Regional Semi-Finals and Regional Finals as well as a national scoring title in his two years there. He was in the top 5 nationally in assists both years and earned all-conference and all regional honors. He earned the Whos Who Among American College Students and the Lions Club Student Athlete Award in 1996. Following his two years at Temple College, he played two years at Southwest Texas where the Bobcats won the Southland Conference Championship finishing 2nd in percentage defense and top 10 in rebounding margin. He led the team in assist both years and finished 5th nationally in free-throw percentage. Among his awards were Southwest Texas Newcomer of the year and the Coaches Award for Student Athlete Achievement in 1997.
His professional memberships include the TABC, THSCA, SWT “T” Association, and the SWT Alumni Association. Coach Ellis and his wife Aletha have four boys, Noah, Jacob, Clifton Jr, and Aiden.