Clapp Recognized Among Nation's Best Assistants
Clapp is in his sixth season at Purdue.

Oct. 17, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue assistant women's basketball coach Martin Clapp has earned honorable mention on's Top 25 High-Major Women's Basketball Assistant Coaches list.

The Benton, Ky., native has spent 29 years coaching women's basketball, including six as an assistant coach at Purdue. He is in his seventh year as a member of Sharon Versyp's staff, having joined her at Indiana in 2005.

Clapp's primary responsibilities include post player development, recruiting, scouting, scheduling and summer camp curriculum.

Clapp's resume includes 14 years at the University of Louisville. He was head coach for six years from 1997 to 2003, co-head coach the first three seasons. His overall record was 108-73 and includes a conference regular-season championship in 2001 that garnered Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. During his tenure at Louisville, the Cardinals earned six NCAA tournament berths, including three second-round appearances (1993, 1995, 1998).

Clapp also has head coaching experience on the professional level, having spent two seasons (2003 to 2005) as the coach of the Birmingham Power in the National Women's Basketball League. The NWBL was a six-league team that featured dozens of WNBA players.

Arkansas College is where Clapp began his career coaching women's basketball, spending three years an assistant coach. From there he traveled to Arkansas-Little Rock and served as an assistant coach for two years. Next was a one year stint at Murray State and then on to Louisville.

Clapp played point guard at Southern Baptist College, a two-year university in Walnut Ridge, Ark., before transferring to Arkansas College. A back injury sidelined his playing career, but created an opportunity as a coach with the women's basketball program and a career was born.

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