Buff Grubb


A Maryland-native, Coach Grubb started his lacrosse career in the 70s at the McDonogh School near Baltimore and earned a scholarship to play at Rutgers University where he was a letterman on Rutgers' first NCAA National Championship Tournament team.

Through the ‘80s, he was a certified referee, a founding member of the Harford (MD) Lacrosse Club, and became the Associate Head Coach at Spaulding High School in Vermont. In the fall of 1992, Grubb joined the collegiate ranks as the Head Lacrosse Coach at the University of Tennessee, leading the Volunteers to four SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Championships and advancing 3 teams to the MCLA National Championships, and receiving SELC Coach of the Year honors twice as well as the Ace Adams Sportsmanship Award. From 2002 to 2005, Grubb oversaw the emergence of the lacrosse program at Wake Forest University before taking over at Clemson University in the fall of 2005.

Receiving SELC Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2011 and again in 2017, Coach Grubb has successfully developed the Clemson Tigers into a consistent contender in the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference and a national presence in the MCLA (Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association). In 2014,  Grubb was the first coach inducted into the SELC Hall of Fame.

 Coach Grubb has compiled over 250 collegiate victories and produced winning records 21 of his 24 seasons on the sidelines. He continues to volunteer his time on growing the sport in the Southeast as the former President of the SELC and past member of the Men’s Division Board of Governors of US Lacrosse, the sport’s National Governing Body. Grubb is also a former President of the South Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse.


Ian Thompson

Assistant Coach

Currently serves as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach of Clemson Lacrosse, a post he has held since 2013. Prior to coaching at Clemson, Ian has coached the Riverside High School summer team, SC Express for 2 years and worked with goalies in the upstate. He has coached at the Nike Lacrosse Camp held at Clemson each summer since its inception in 2010.

Ian was a goalie at Clemson University from 2008-2011, earning All-Conference honors his senior year. He played Varsity at Medfield High School in Massachusetts from 2005 to 2007, where he won 2 state titles and was named a Tri-Valley League All-Star both his Junior and Senior season.


Scott Spidell

Assistant Coach

Assistant coach for Clemson Lacrosse as a midfielders and bench coach since 2017. Before Clemson, Scott coached at TL Hanna High school (2015-2016) and JL Mann High school (2012-2015) in South Carolina as well as in Canada with the Codiac Youth Box Lacrosse club (2005-2010), Team New Brunswick club (2007-2010) and Orangeville Northmen youth box lacrosse club (2001-2004).