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Cleve Wright
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Berea
Graduating Year: 1989
Experience: 1 Year
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A new era for the Miami University women’s basketball team began April 19, 2013 when Athletic Director David Sayler introduced Cleve Wright as the seventh women’s basketball coach in Miami history. Wright joins the RedHawks after spending the past 11 seasons at Gannon.

“The Miami Department of Athletics is excited to announce the addition of Cleve Wright and his family to the RedHawk community,” said Sayler. “Cleve brings experience and skills that fit our needs perfectly, and we are thrilled to welcome him as our head women’s basketball coach.”

Wright won 70 percent of his games at Gannon (233-100), turning the Lady Knights into a Division II powerhouse. Last season, he led Gannon to a 31-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The team finished the season ranked sixth in the country. Wright has brought the Lady Knights to the NCAA Tournament in five of the past seven seasons, with his best year coming in 2009-10 when he was named the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year after guiding them to a 37-1 record and an NCAA Final Four appearance. He has coached seven All-Americans and 34 all-conference selections.

“I want to thank President (David) Hodge, David Sayler and the administration for their confidence in me to be the next women’s basketball coach at Miami University,” said Wright. “Miami is a wonderful place. My family and I are excited to move here and begin the next chapter of RedHawk women’s basketball.”

Gannon’s women’s basketball program has been extremely successful in the classroom as well under Wright. The Lady Knights have been ranked among the top 25 teams in GPA in seven of the past eight years. In addition, 70 players have earned all-conference academic honors.

Wright joined Gannon after a three-year stint (1999-2002) as the top assistant at Northwestern under head coach June Olkowski. While with the Wildcats, he was responsible for the development of the post players and was the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Prior to his time at Northwestern, Wright spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Olkowski at Butler. He also spent four seasons (1993-97) as the head coach at Southwestern High School in Somerset, Ky., and was an assistant coach at Duke during the 1992-93 season.

Wright earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College (Kentucky) in 1989. He competed on both the men’s basketball and track teams, while serving as a student assistant coach for the women’s team. He earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 1992, working as a graduate assistant coach there for two seasons (1990-92).

Wright has served as a NCAA Division II representative to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors since 2010. He has worked with the WBCA in various capacities the past eight years.

Wright is married to the former Diane McKinley. They have two daughters, Chloe (16) and Emma (14).

Cleve Wright's Year-by-Year Record
Season School Record Finish
2002-03 Gannon 12-14 3rd - South Division GLIAC
2003-04 Gannon 18-11 2nd - South Division GLIAC
2004-05 Gannon 19-11 2nd - South Division GLIAC, GLIAC Tournament Runner-Up
2005-06 Gannon 14-15 3rd - South Division GLIAC, ranked 24th in country during season
2006-07 Gannon 25-6 NCAA Second Round, GLIAC Regular Season and South Division Champion, ranked 25th in country during season
2007-08 Gannon 16-12 2nd - South Division GLIAC, ranked 15th in country during season
2008-09 Gannon 26-5 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, 2nd - South Division GLIAC, ranked 20th in country during season
2009-10 Gannon 37-1 NCAA Final Four, PSAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, ranked first in country during season
2010-11 Gannon 13-13 5th - West Division PSAC
2011-12 Gannon 22-7 NCAA Second Round, 2nd - West Division PSAC, ranked 18th in the country during season
2012-13 Gannon 31-5 NCAA Elite Eight, 1st - PSAC West Division, PSAC Tournament Runner-Up, ranked sixth in country during season
2013-14 Miami 8-22 T4th - East Division MAC
Totals   241-122 .629