Oliver Purnell on Kevin Nickelberry Being Hired By Hampton
Purnell Statement on Kevin Nickelberry being hired at Hampton on Friday.
"Kevin did a terrific job at Clemson in all aspects of the
program and he will do an outstanding job at Hampton University. He
is a great fit for Hampton and Hampton is a great fit for Kevin and
"It was Kevin's belief when he took the job at Clemson that
working in the ACC and helping this program progress would give him
the opportunity to become a head coach and that is what has happened.
"We are sorry to see Kevin leave, but at the same time it
gives me personal pride to see him reach his goal as a Division I
"I will start the process of hiring a replacement
immediately. I obviously will have access to a lot of qualified
candidates who are here at the Final Four in Indianapolis this
Note: This is the sixth assistant coach Oliver Purnell has had who
has become a college head coach.