Barclay Radebaugh has presided over one of the most successful stretches in Charleston Southern history during his 13 years as head coach. Radebaugh is the winningest coach in school history and one of only eight coaches to win multiple Big South Coach of the Year awards. He directed CSU to NIT berths in 2013 and 2015.
Radebaugh delivered one of his best coaching jobs in 2017-18 as the Bucs won eight of their final 11 games and twice pushed UNC Asheville, the league's regular season champion, to the brink. Powered by Christian Keeling and a young nucleus featuring freshmen Phlandrous Fleming Jr. and Ty Jones, among others, CSU rallied from a 2-7 start to conference play to finish 9-9. CSU's 7-2 record during the second half of league action tied Asheville for the Big South's best mark. Included in that run was a win at eventual Big South Tournament champion Radford and the Bucs' first win at Winthrop since 2002. CSU also defeated Illinois State in overtime in November, knocking off a Redbirds squad that would go on to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game. Keeling collected Second Team All-Big South honors, while Fleming was named to the All-Freshman Team and was runner up for Freshman of the Year.
In 2016-17, a young team with eight newcomers gelled late in the year under Radebaugh's guidance. CSU went 8-8 over its final 16 games to rebound from an 0-4 start to Big South play and build momentum for the coming season. Keeling led the way with one of the best freshman seasons in Big South history. Keeling set a CSU freshman scoring record with 539 points, becoming the sixth freshman in league history to tally 500 points. He was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team and was an honorable mention all-conference pick.
Radebaugh has established CSU as a perennial Big South contender thanks in part to its ability to protect the Buc Dome. CSU went 13-2 at home in 2014-15, improving its mark in the building over a six-year stretch (2009-10 to 2014-15) to 67-18 overall, and 39-13 in Big South play.
Radebaugh led CSU to the National Invitation Tournament in 2015. The Bucs made the most of the experience just as they did in 2013, leading Old Dominion by six points at halftime before falling to the top-seeded Monarchs.
The postseason bid was CSU's second in three years after the program had just one in its first 47 years.
Saah Nimley capped off a brilliant playing career under Radebaugh's guidance by capturing Big South Player of the Year accolades. He was also named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, making him the first player in program history to receive the honor. Only 63 players in the entire country were recognized by the AP. Nimley finished the year ranked 5th nationally in scoring and three-pointers per game, had 17 20-point games, seven 30-point games, and was the only player in the country to record four consecutive 30-point efforts.
Will Saunders garnered 2nd Team All-Conference accolades under Radebaugh's tutleage, while Arlon Harper was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
In 2012-13 the sophomore backcourt of Saah Nimley (All-Big South 1st Team) and Arlon Harper (All-Big South 2nd Team) led CSU to an NIT berth for just the second postseason appearance in program history. Radebaugh and a still young squad made the most of the experience, giving top-seeded Southern Miss all it could handle in a 78-71 loss before a raucous partisan crowd in Hattiesburg.
Radebaugh earned Big South Conference Coach of the Year honors for his efforts in 2011-12, as the Bucs went 19-12 and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals behind a starting lineup which featured three freshmen and a junior college transfer. CSU’s 19 wins were the program’s most since 1994-1995, as the Bucs secured their first winning season since 1996-1997. Senior Kelvin Martin led the way for Radebaugh’s young group, as the forward played his way onto the all-conference first team while earning a nod as the league’s defensive player of the year for a second consecutive season. The freshmen duo of Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper helped power a CSU offense which featured outstanding balance and had four players in double figures for the majority of the season (Martin, Nimley, Harper, and Mathiang Muo). As a team, CSU finished the season 22nd nationally in scoring (76. 9 ppg), 20th in three-point field goals per game (8.4), 30th in three-point field goal percentage (38.0%), 40th in steals per game (8.1) and 27th in turnover margin (+2.7).
The Bucs opened the season in style when they led Big 12 power Kansas State by 14 at halftime, before taking the Wildcats all the way to the wire in a 72-67 loss. Radebaugh's squad also enjoyed a home-and-away sweep of Atlantic Sun foe Stetson, a 33-point home victory over VMI, an 18-point blowout of then first-place Campbell, a triumph at Big South regular season and tournament champion and previously undefeated UNC Asheville, and a conference tournament win over Liberty.
CSU took a step forward in 2010-2011 as well, as it went 16-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big South, finishing sixth in the conference. The Bucs went 12-3 at home, highlighted by a second straight win over The Citadel, and conference victories over the likes of rivals Winthrop and UNC Asheville.
In his first season at CSU, Radebaugh put his imprint on the program immediately by leading the Bucs to a 13-16 overall record and an appearance in the Big South Tournament Semifinals. The Buccaneers also beat the College of Charleston for the first time since 1988, and captured the city championship for the first time since 1986 with a victory over The Citadel.
The Bucs followed this performance with a second consecutive city championship in 2006. Big home victories over High Point, Liberty and Coastal Carolina highlighted his third season at the helm. The Buccaneers also set a Big South record with 10 Freshman of the Week honors, capped off by Omar Carter earning Big South Freshman of the Year.
Radebaugh has an impressive coaching resume from a career that began in 1986 as a student assistant coach at East Tennessee State under Les Robinson. After stops at Wofford and Furman, Radebaugh began a seven-year stay at South Carolina.
While at South Carolina, the Gamecocks won the SEC regular season title and received a number two seed in the 1997 NCAA tournament. In 1998, the Gamecocks finished the season ranked 14th and received a number three seed in the NCAA tournament. At South Carolina, Radebaugh was the position coach for USC’s all-time leading scorer B.J. McKie, all-time three-point scorer Jamel Bradley, and all-time steals leader Chuck Eidson, the cousin of former Buccaneer Director of Operations Sean Sweeney.
Radebaugh continued his success as an assistant at Winthrop University, helping the Eagles to back-to-back Big South Conference titles and an NCAA tournament berth in 2002.
Radebaugh then spent one season as the head coach at Queens University in Charlotte, guiding the Royals to a 21-8 record overall and a 14-4 record in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference. There, Radebaugh coached Spencer Ross who was named the Sporting News Division II National Player of the Year. Spencer was the only Division II player in the country invited to the Plymouth, Va. NBA pre-draft camp.
The next and final stop before CSU would be serving as an assistant coach at Miami. In his one season at the school, the Hurricanes finished 16-13, which was good enough for a sixth place finish in the ACC and an invitation to the NIT. Radebaugh served as the position coach for Guillermo Diaz who was second-team all-ACC, and Robert Hite, who earned Honorable Mention all-ACC honors. Both Diaz and Hite went on to play in the NBA. Diaz was drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers, and Hite enjoyed a stint with the Miami Heat.
A native of Lincolnton, North Carolina, Radebaugh received his master of arts degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1996 and earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration at East Tennessee State in 1987.
Radebaugh and his wife, Hope, have three children: Anna (27), Reid (21) and Sophia (19).