Iroquois County, Illinois Native Shawn Poppie Takes Charge of Clemson Women’s Basketball


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Columbia, SC – In an inspiring move for Iroquois County residents, Crescent City’s own Shawn Poppie has been named the head coach of Clemson University’s women’s basketball team, bringing a slice of Illinois to South Carolina. 

Poppie’s new role comes with a six-year contract worth $3.375 million, following a remarkable tenure at Chattanooga that saw him secure 48 wins, two Southern Conference titles, and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. His efforts were recognized with the Southern Conference Coach of the Year award after a season that boasted 28 victories.

With a robust contract that includes a $435,000 signing incentive and escalating annual salaries starting at $500,000, Poppie is poised to inject new life into Clemson’s program. His strategic vision, underscored by significant performance bonuses for championship victories, reflects Clemson’s high expectations for their new coach to elevate the team within the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.

Poppie’s journey from the small town of Crescent City in Iroquois County to the national stage of women’s college basketball is a testament to his dedication and talent. As he prepares to lead Clemson against formidable opponents, including the powerhouse South Carolina, his roots in Illinois remain a source of pride for the local community, eagerly watching one of their own strive for greatness in the ACC.


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