Report: Oliver Purnell to be Named Head Basketball Coach
CLEMSON -- ESPN's Andy Katz is reporting Dayton head coach Oliver Purnell will be the next men's basketball coach at Clemson. Katz says the official announcement could come on Saturday.
Purnell guided the Flyers to the Atlantic 10 Championship, an NCAA berth and a 24-6 record this season. Dayton won 20 games for the fourth consecutive season for the first time since 1969.
Clemson turned their attention to Purnell after former Bulls coach Tim Floyd turned down the Tigers.
Purnell was also a candidate for the Clemson job in 1999 when Larry Shyatt was hired.
Oliver Purnell Coaching Career
Year Record Highlights
1990-91 22-7 Biggest turnaround in NCAA
1991-92 15-15 CAA Tourney Champs
1992-93 21-8 CAA Regular Season Co-Champs
1993-94 21-10 CAA Regular Season Co-Champs
1994-95 7-20 ---
1995-96 15-14 Third-best improved team in Div 1.
1996-97 13-14 ---
1997-98 21-12 A-10 West Co-Champs; NIT 2nd Round
1998-99 11-17 Eight losses by 4 points of less
1999-00 22-9 A-10 West Champions; NCAA 1st Round
2000-01 21-13 NIT Quarterfinals
2001-02 21-11 NIT 1st Round
2002-03 24-6 NCAA 1st Round
At Dayton 155-116 (.572) 9 years
Overall 256-191 (.573) 15 years
Oliver Purnell was born on May 19, 1953, and is a native of Berlin, Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Science in Physical Education Administration from Old Dominion. He and his wife, Vicky, have two daughters.