Clif Carroll joined the Lamar men's basketball staff on April 12, 2011, after spending three years as an assistant coach at Collin College. During his tenure at Collin, the Cougars won 77 games for the best three-year run in program history.
In Carroll's first season (2008-09), Collin won 27 games, won the NTJCAC Conference championship and advanced to the Region V semifinals. The Cougars followed that campaign up with back-to-back 25-win seasons.
"I really wanted a junior college guy since we will definitely look to the junior college ranks for recruits," said LU head coach Pat Knight. "Clif knows the junior college system, and he knows this league left and right and what it takes to win in this league."
Prior to working at Collin, Carroll spent two years as an assistant at South Plains College. Carroll helped the 2007-08 Texans finish 30-5 and win the 2008 NJCAA national championship. The previous season, SPC finished 26-7.
Carroll coached four NJCAA All-Americas during his five years in the junior college ranks, and helped the two schools compile an overall record of 135-30. He also coached 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year Gilberto Clavell (Sam Houston State) while at Collin.
Carroll began his coaching career as a student assistant on Bob Knight's staff at Texas Tech. Carroll was an assistant during Tech's run to the Sweet 16 in 2005, and was on the bench when Knight picked up his 800th career victory.
The 29-year-old Carroll graduated from Texas Tech in 2006 with a degree in exercise and sports sciences. Carroll is married to the former Beth Lippert. The couple welcomed son Waylon Spurgeon on June 26, 2012.