Sources: Clemson makes hiring of Audra Smith as head coach official, press conference today at 2 p.m.

Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

After firing Itoro Coleman in early March, Clemson will announce their new head coach today.

Per sources within the athletic department, Clemson has finalized the rumored hiring of Audra Smith as their new head women’s basketball coach and will announce it today. A press conference is set for 2:00 pm.

Smith replaces Itoro Coleman who was let go on March 8th. In her three years at the helm, Coleman compiled an overall record of 25-63 and 10-38 in the ACC.

Smith brings a vast amount of basketball experience to the table, she played at Virginia where she was apart of the three consecutive Final Fours (1990-92). Smith also was an assistant coach under Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan for 10 years.

In her nine-year span as head coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham, she guided the Blazers to the upper tier of Conference USA. The last four years of her tenure for the Blazers was a great success; she led UAB to four consecutive winning seasons which was the best in a decade. They also captured a WBI championship in 2011.

For more on this story, visit our Clemson coaching search storystream.

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