Oliver Purnell

Oliver Purnell (born May 19, 1953)

Teams coached: Radford Highlanders, Old Dominion Monarchs, Dayton Flyers, Clemson Tigers, DePaul Blue Demons
Radford record: 44-42 (.512)
Old Dominion record: 57-33 (.633)
Dayton record: 155-116 (.572)
Clemson record: 138-88 (.611)
DePaul record: 54-105 (.340)
Overall record: 448-384 (.538)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2015 DePaul
2003-2010 Clemson
1994-2003 Dayton
1991-1994 Old Dominion
1988-1991 Radford
1985-1988 Maryland (asst)
1977-1985 Old Dominion (asst)
1975-1977 Old Dominion (grad. asst)

Oliver Purnell Facts

  • Oliver Gordon Purnell, Jr.
  • Born May 19, 1953
  • Hometown: Berlin, Maryland
  • Alma Mater: Old Dominion University (BA, 1975 & M.Ed., 1978)
  • Graduated from Stephen Decatur HS in Berlin in 1971; named to the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Played at (then College Division) Old Dominion under head coach Sonny Allen for three years
    • Drafted in the sixth round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks but did not play for the team
    • Inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in April 1988
  • Was a GA at ODU for two years under new head coach Paul Webb while getting a masters, then became an assistant coach in 1977
  • After eight seasons in that role, Purnell joined Lefty Driesell‘s staff as an assistant at Maryland in 1985
  • Spent three years as Radford’s head coach before returning to alma mater ODU in 1991 to be the Monarchs’ head coach
    • Led the team to three postseason berths in three years (1 NCAA, 2 NIT)
  • Won 155 games in nine seasons as head coach at Dayton and then 138 games in seven seasons at Clemson
  • Took over at DePaul in 2010, but resigned after the 2014-15 season with a 54-105 record during his tenure
  • Along with his wife, Vicky, has two daughters

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