University of the Cumberlands

Rodney Clarke is entering his 4th season as an Assistant Coach for the Patriot Men’s Basketball program.

Clarke, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a graduate of University of the Cumberlands (then Cumberland College) in 2004 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement and Leisure Studies.  During his time here at Cumberlands, Clarke and his team made three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament in 2001, 2002, and 2003. As a player, his team tallied a record of 72-29 in Clarke’s three seasons.

After his playing days were over, Clarke took to the coaching ranks where he coached at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama.  While at John Carroll for three seasons, Clarke helped guide the Cavaliers to an astonishing 106-17 record.  Clarke has also coached two NCAA Division I athletes including Ryan Fitch from West Alabama and Alabama standout Andrew Steele.

Clarke and the Patriots have earned three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In the national tournament, the 2015 team made it to the Sweet 16, while the 2016 team made it to the Elite 8.

Coach Clarke is a father of three, Tyler (17) and twins, Versailles and Zharion (14).

2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
00LaRoyce EasonJRF6-7200St. Louis, MOSouthwestern Illinois
1Andrew GriffithFRF6-5225Williamsburg, KYSouth Laurel HS
3Will GaryJRG6-1185Lexington, KYParkland College
4Chance MortonJRF6-4185Mobile, ALBishop State CC
5Bernard SamuelJRG/F6-5185Charleston, SCPolk State CC
10Eric DuncanJRG6-2200Stockton, CAWestern Wyoming
14Kelsley WilkinsonSRG6-0180SW Ranches, FLPalm Beach State College
15Marquis YatesSRG/F6-5220Manassas, VAArkansas Tech
20Taylor GoverSRG6-1175Somerset, KYPulaski County HS
21Travon LabrancheSOG/F6-4220Miami, FLASA College - Miami
22Dez MarshallJRF6-4200Shelbyville, KYSouthwestern Illinois
23Josh DowSOF6-6190Melbourne, AustraliaRowville Secondary College
24Michael DowSRG6-5195Melbourne, AustraliaRowville Secondary College
32Eddie TornesJRG6-3185Muskegon Heights, MIMuskegon CC
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Head Coach
17th season
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Assistant Coach
4th season
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Assistant Coach
1st season