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DALLAS, TX -- Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis is the recipient of the 2014 Gene Bartow award.Ellis led Coastal to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and became just the tenth coach in NCAA Division I history to lead four different programs in the NCAA Tournament and holds a career 6-7 record in the NCAA Tournament. He has taken two teams to the "Sweet 16" including his 1990 Clemson squad and his 1999 Auburn team.The Gene Bartow award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the game.Bartow spent 36 years as a head coach, posting a 647-353 record. He led Memphis State to the 1973 NCAA championship game, losing to UCLA in St. Louis, the last in the Bruins streak of seven straight titles. After leaving Memphis to coach at the University of Illinois, Bartow succeeded legendary UCLA coach John Wooden at UCLA in 1975. In two seasons at UCLA, Bartows Bruins had a 52-9 won-lost record and reached the 1976 NCAA Final Four.Then, following the 1976-77 season, Bartow departed UCLA to start a basketball program at the University of Alabama Birmingham as both head coach and director of athletics. He served at UAB for 18 years, leading the Blazers to the National Invitation Tournament in the program's second year of existence. Overall, he guided UAB to seven straight NCAA tournament berths, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982.While at UAB, Bartow became the winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history with 111 career Sun Belt wins. In 2005 Bartow was honored as the all-time Sun Belt Mens Basketball Coach during the leagues celebration of its 30th anniversary.In 1996, Bartow retired from coaching and UAB honored him by naming its basketball facility Bartow Arena the following year. Most recently, the 81-year old Bartow was the president of Hoops LP, the parent company of the NBAs Memphis Grizzlies and the FedEx Forum.