Clifton Cooper joined the Westminster women's basketball program as the assistant coach in 2001 and has been part of all of the success of the women's basketball program since that time.
Cooper assisted the team in 04-5 with Head Coach Billey, when the team earned its first tournament berth since the 1999 season and tied its best finish in the regular season since the '99 season at third.
In the 08-09 season under Head Coach Tracey Braden, Cooper assisted the team that finished second in the SLIAC, the highest ever finish for a Blue Jay program.
In the 2010-11 season, Cooper was part of the 16-0 team that went undefeated in the regular season, finishing atop the SLIAC for the first time in program history. Despite losing in the championship game of the SLIAC Tournament, the season marked the first-ever 20-win season for the Blue Jays.
In the 2011-12 season, however, Cooper, Braden, and the Blue Jays came out just as strong. They recorded a 14-2 SLIAC record to once again win the regular season, and won the SLIAC Tournament for the first time, receiving the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The team lost to Depauw in the first round. The 22-win season broke the previous year's record and still stands as a program-best in wins for a season.
In 2012-13, the team once again finish atop the SLIAC with a 14-2 regular season record, and finished the season with another win in the SLIAC Tournament for the team's second straight automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. After losing to Simpson in the opening round of the tournament, the team finished the season 17-11.
The 15-16 season yielded yet another SLIAC regular season winner, with a team that went 16-2 during the regular season. After losing in the championship of the SLIAC Tournament, the Blue Jays had yet another 20-win season with a record of 21-5.
In 2017-18 the Blue Jays recorded the top three records for points in a game in school history, while improving the win total from the 2016-17 season. The squad reached the SLIAC Tournament title game for the fourth time in school history, becoming the first-ever No. 4 seed in the tournament to upset the top seed and advance to the championship. The team was ranked No. 2 nationally in offensive rebounding. The Blue Jays also ranked No. 17 in the nation on WBCA Academic Honor Roll.
Kendahl Adams was named to the SLIAC All-Conference first team and the D3Hoops.com All-Region team. She set records for points in a season, field goals in a season, and rebounds in a season. Freshman Grace Archambault was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Cooper originally joined the Blue Jay family in 1999 as the defensive backs coach for the football team. He assisted the football team through the 2008 season when he decided to focus on the women's basketball program.
Cooper came to Westminster from Central Methodist where he served as an assistant football coach for six seasons. Prior to Central Methodist, he was the assistant coach for Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri for eight years.
Cooper attended Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas before transferring to Purdue University. He played collegiate football at Purdue and graduated with a degree in recreational management.
Cooper is a Boonville native and now resides in Fulton, Missouri.