Edgar Farmer is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Clemson women’s basketball program. In his first year with the Tigers, 2016-17, Farmer helped the team achieve a dramatic turnaround with 11 more wins than the previous season, the program’s best nonconference record (11-2) since 2003-04 and the team’s first ACC Tournament win since 2014. Farmer, who coaches Clemson’s post players, helped Kobi Thornton to a berth on the 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team, a first for a Tiger rookie since the 2012 season.
Farmer joined the Clemson staff in May of 2016 after twelve years as the head coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. At Wofford, Farmer took over a program that was winless the year before he was hired and became the second winningest coach in school history. The Terriers increased their win total in each of Farmer’s final three seasons with the program, and his 2015-16 team outperformed preseason expectations in the SoCon coaches and media polls. Farmer’s most significant victory during his tenure came in 2012 when the Terriers beat Alabama 58-52 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Over his 12 seasons, Farmer developed Mahogony Williams into the SoCon Freshman of the Year (2007-08) and a 1,000 point scorer, Daniella Motley into a Second Team SoCon All-Conference performer (2012-13) and Jordan Frazier into a 1,000 point scorer. Also, Chloe Wanink was named to the SoCon Media All-Freshman Team (2015-16). Academically, Farmer’s teams excelled off-the-court and the school posted perfect APR scores in every year except one during his head coaching tenure.
Prior to assuming head coaching duties at Wofford, Farmer spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Terriers from 2002-04. Before Wofford, Farmer served as an assistant coach at East Carolina (2000-02), head coach of Plant Basketball Women’s Select Team (2001) and a men’s assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (1999-2000).
Farmer, a Newport News, Va. native, earned his bachelor’s degree in 1994 from the University of North Carolina. While in Chapel Hill, he was a member of the junior varsity men’s basketball team. In 1993-94, he also served as the audio-visual technical coordinator for the national champion North Carolina women’s basketball team. He filmed practices and games and assisted in the breakdown of film for the Tar Heels.
Farmer and his wife, Tara, were married in July 2011. They have two daughters, Kalan and Kieryn.
1993-94: Audio-Visual Technical Coordinator, North Carolina
1999-2000: Assistant Coach, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (men's program)
2001: Head Coach, Plant Basketball Women's Select Team
2000-02: Assistant Coach, East Carolina
2002-04: Assistant Coach, Wofford
2004-16: Head Coach, Wofford
2016-present: Assistant Coach, Clemson