Purnell Names Four to Men's Basketball Staff


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Ron Jirsa Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach At Clemson University

Former University of Georgia head coach returns to southeast to
assist Purnell in recruiting and coaching.



CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has
named Ron Jirsa as an assistant coach with the Tigers. Jirsa brings
22 years of college coaching experience to Clemson, including 15
years at the Division I level. Most recently, he has served as the
senior assistant coach with Purnell at the University of Dayton since
1999. Since joining forces with Purnell, the Flyers posted an 88-39
record, with two NCAA appearances and two NIT appearances. In
2002-03, Dayton was 24-6 and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament, advanced
to the NCAA Tournament as a #4 seed, and ranked in the final top 25
of both the USA Today and AP polls.


Jirsa has been a successful coach at every stop of his coaching
career, and has earned the reputation of being a successful
recruiter. He has been part of nine NCAA tournament teams, including
his last four seasons as an assistant coach with Tubby Smith (two at
Georgia, two at Tulsa). Three of those four teams advanced to the
NCAA Sweet Sixteen.


After his graduation in 1981 from Gettysburg College, where he was
basketball team captain, Jirsa began his coaching career as an
assistant at Connecticut College in 1981. Two years later, he moved
to the University of Delaware for one season. In 1984-85, he was the
graduate assistant for the Virginia Commonwealth University team that
finished #11 in the country.


He then moved on to the University of Tulsa for three seasons. After
one season each at Belmont Abbey (1988-89) and Gardner-Webb
(1990-91), he returned to Tulsa. Jirsa was an assistant basketball
coach there on Tubby Smith's staff for three seasons before being
named associate head coach for the 1994-95 season. At Georgia, he
was associate head coach for two seasons before being named head
coach when Smith went to Kentucky in 1997. He was 35-30 in two
seasons at Georgia, with two NIT appearances (1998, 1999). While at
Georgia, he brought in two top-five recruiting classes.


Jirsa and his wife, Laura, have one daughter, Hannah.

Frank Smith Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach At Clemson University

Smith will continue coaching career with Purnell at Clemson.


CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has
named Frank Smith an assistant basketball coach for the Tigers.
Smith began his full-time coaching career for the 1990-91 season at
Radford under Purnell and has been a member of his coaching staff at
three universities since that time. The teams on which Smith has
served as an assistant have recorded a 234-156 record, with three
NCAA appearances and three NIT appearances, including the 24-6 mark
set by the 2002-03 Dayton Flyers team that won the Atlantic 10
Tournament.


Smith began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at
Old Dominion in 1988-89. He joined Purnell's staff at Radford in the
1990-91 season, and then returned to Old Dominion with Purnell as an
assistant prior to the 1991-92 season. He was named assistant at
Dayton on April 27, 1994. Smith led the 2000 Nacel Open Door Team
America All-Stars to Italy, a team that included Dayton's Keith
Waleskowski and Tony Stanley.


A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Smith was an all-star performer in
football and basketball at Mt. Vernon High School. He quarterbacked
Mt. Vernon to the 1983 state championship, and was heavily recruited
to play big-time football.


Smith, like Purnell, is one of the top guards in Old Dominion
University history. Smith holds the ODU records for assists in a
career (883), a total that still ranks in the top 20 in NCAA
history. Smith played for the Monarchs from 1984 to 1988, and was a
freshman at Old Dominion during Purnell's final year as an assistant
at ODU. (Purnell then went on to coach at Maryland.) As a senior,
Smith was ODU's Most Valuable Player and an honorable mention
All-America, leading the team to an 18-12 record and an NIT
appearance.


Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from
Old Dominion University in 1988. He is a member of the National
Association of Basketball Coaches, and the Black Coaches
Association.


Josh Postorino Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach At Clemson University

Postorino will continue coaching career with Purnell at Clemson.


CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has
named Josh Postorino an assistant coach with the Tigers. Postorino
began his coaching career in 2000-01 as Dayton's coordinator of
basketball operations under Purnell, and was promoted to assistant
coach prior to the 2001-02 season. In his three years on the Dayton
staff under Purnell, the Flyers amassed a 66-30 record, and made
three consecutive postseason appearances. In 2002-03, Dayton won the
Atlantic 10 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a
top-four seed. They had a 14-2 regular season conference record and
won 24 games, most by a Dayton team since 1966-67.


Postorino was the first player Purnell signed as Dayton's head coach.
He lettered all four seasons (1995-1999) at Dayton, but his career
was cut short due to complications with a cyst in his brain. He
played 29 games as a freshman, 26 as a sophomore, 19 as a junior and
just one as a senior. Postorino started the final home game of his
senior season.


While sidelined, Postorino foreshadowed this career move, remaining
active with the team and giving the younger Flyer point guards the
benefit of his experience, and his passion for the game. After
graduating from Dayton with a marketing degree in 1999, Postorino
worked in private business in the Dayton area before joining Coach
Purnell's staff.


Shaka Smart Named Coordinator Of Men's Basketball Operations At
Clemson University


Smart will join Purnell's staff at Clemson.


CLEMSON, SC - Clemson men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell has
named Shaka Smart the coordinator of men's basketball operations for
the Tigers. Smart had worked with Purnell at Dayton since the
2001-02 season, when he joined Purnell's staff after a two-year stint
at California University of Pennsylvania. In the two seasons Smart
was at Dayton, the Flyers posted a 45-17 record, and won the 2003
Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 24-6 record. In his first year at
Dayton, the team competed in the NIT and recorded a 21-11 mark.


Smart played collegiate basketball at Kenyon College, and graduated
magna cum laude in 1999 with a degree in history. A four-year
starter and three-year captain, he holds Kenyon's assist records for
a season (184) and a career (542). As a senior, he was First Team
All-North Coast Conference and the NCAC Scholar-Athlete of the
Year. He was also one of 20 students selected for the 1999 USA Today
All-USA Academic team, and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.


After graduating from Kenyon, Smart went to California University of
Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant coach for two
years. California was 40-16 during his two seasons there. While at
California, Smart also earned a master's in social science.

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