Joseph S. Clinton
Joseph S. Clinton
Title: Director of Athletics/Head Coach Men's Basketball
Phone: 848-7700

Clinton enters his 28th year as the head coach of the Chargers with a 412-372 career record and a 273-191 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) record. He has led the program to three CACC Championships and four twenty-win seasons. He is a three-time recipient of the CACC Coach of the Year Award and is a past recipient of the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year Award.  Prior to Dominican's membership in the NCAA, Clinton guided two teams to the NAIA National Tournaments.

During the 2012-2013 season, the Chargers made their first appearances in the NCAA East Regional Polls and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Top 25 rankings.  DC was ranked as high as fifth in the NCAA East Regional Poll and ranked as high as 20th in the country in the NABC Top 25 rankings.  DC was also the first men’s program in the East Region to reach the 20-win plateau this season and had a season-high 10-game winning streak during the year.  The team also earned the program's first NCAA East Region Tournament berth.  Clinton was named the CACC Coach of the Year and the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year.

In 1995-1996 season, Coach Clinton led his team to its best record since 1975-1976, finishing 22-9 overall and earned the program's first NAIA nationally top 25 ranking.  For his efforts he was named the CACC Coach of the Year and the All-Metropolitan Coach of the Year.

In addition to his coaching duties, Clinton is also Dominican's Director of Athletics and director of the highly successful Dominican College Boys and Girls Basketball Camps and Clinics. In 1996, he was recognized as the CACC Administrator of the Year.  Since coming to Dominican in 1989, Clinton has overseen an athletic department that has grown from five sports to 12 sports and made the transition from an NAIA school to an NCAA Division II member.  During his tenure Dominican College sports have won numerous CACC Championships, 10 NAIA Championship appearances, 2 ECAC Championships, earned ten NCAA Regional Tournament appearances and one NCAA Championship appearance.  In 2004 a local newspaper declared Dominican Athletic programs as one of the best in the tri-state area.

In 2015 Clinton was inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall Of Fame and into the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Clinton has also served on numerous NCAA committees, including serving as the NCAA East Region and National Chair for Division II Baseball and is currently the East Region Chair of the Men’s Basketball Committee.

Clinton spent his collegiate career at Union College (NY) where he scored over a thousand points and earned a BA in English in 1983. As a scholastic player, he was a star point guard at Albertus Magnus High School (NY) and is in his alma mater's Hall of Fame.

Coach Clinton and his wife, Marybeth, have five children: Tara, Joey, Laura, Kelly and Erin. He and his family reside in Pearl River, NY.


Career Coaching Statistics


 Year School  Record  CACC Record Achievements/Honors 
1991-1992 Dominican College 15-15 8-4 CACC Tournament Participants
1992-1993 Dominican College 11-18 6-6 CACC Tournament Participants 
1993-1994 Dominican College 10-22 5-9 NAIA District Tournament Participant
1994-1995 Dominican College 15-17 7-5  
1995-1996 Dominican College 22-9 7-3 CACC Regular Season Champions, CACC Tournament Participants, CACC Coach of the Year, All-Met Coach of the Year, CACC Administrator of the Year
1996-1997 Dominican College 15-15 6-4 CACC Tournament Participants, Named to Men's Basketball Coaches Century Club, Honored by the Rockland COunty Coaches Association
1997-1998 Dominican College 21-12 4-6 CACC Tournament Participants
1998-1999 Dominican College 12-17 4-6 CACC Tournament Participants
1999-2000 Dominican College 20-14 10-4 CACC Coach of the Year, CACC Regular Season Champions, NAIA Division II National Tournament Participants
2000-2001 Dominican College 20-8 16-4 CACC Coach of the Year, CACC Regular Season Champions, NAIA Division II National Tournament Participants
2001-2002 Dominican College 14-13 12-8 CACC Tournament Participant
2002-2003 Dominican College 12-14 10-9  
2003-2004 Dominican College 11-17 10-10 CACC Tournament Participant
2004-2005 Dominican College 12-18 10-10 CACC Tournament Participant
2005-2006 Dominican College 13-17 10-12 CACC Tournament Runner Up
2006-2007 Dominican College 13-15 10-10 CACC Tournament Participants 
2007-2008 Dominican College 13-15 8-8 CACC Tournament Participants
2008-2009 Dominican College 10-17 5-11    
2009-2010 Dominican College 14-16 10-8 CACC Tournament Participants
2010-2011 Dominican College 16-13 12-5 CACC Tournament Participants
2011-2012 Dominican College 19-9 11-7 CACC Tournament Participants
2012-2013 Dominican College 22-7 15-3 CACC North Division Regular Season Champions, NCAA East Regional Tournament Participiants, CACC Tournament Semi-Finalists, All-Met Division II Coach of the Year, CACC Coach of the Year, team ranked as high as 20th in country in NABC Poll
2013-2014 Dominican College 18-10 14-5 CACC Tournament Participants, ECAC Tournament Semi-Finalists
2014-2015 Dominican College 14-13 14-5 CACC North Division Regular Season Champions, CACC Tournament Participants
2015-2016 Dominican College 10-19 9-10 CACC Tournament Participants
2016-2017 Dominican College 19-12 12-7 CACC Tournament Finalists
2017-2018 Dominican College 21-10 13-6 CACC Tournament Finalists
Totals Career Coaching Wins 412-372
Totals Dominican College Coaching  Wins 412-372
Totals CACC Coaching wins 273-191