Changes are coming to Clemson’s men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season Brad Brownell said Saturday, with adding a new assistant coach to the program sliding in at the top of the head coach’s to-do list this offseason.
Mike Winiecki, an assistant at Clemson for seven years and an associate head coach for five, has been released from the program, Brownell announced, the two of them having met about a week ago.
Brownell was adamant that the change in direction does not come as a result of anything Winiecki did or did not do specifically, but instead said the program is looking for a “new perspective” to help rebound from 2016-17. The Tigers (17-16, 6-12 ACC) had a trying year this past season, missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in row and winning only six conference games. Of the 11 ACC games that were decided by six points or fewer, Clemson dropped nine of them, which had fans putting pressure on Brownell by the year’s end.