Louisville head coach Jeff Walz has announced the addition of former Georgia Tech assistant Sam Purcell to his staff. Purcell replaces Cameron Newbauer, who was named the head coach at Belmont.
"I am elated to announce the addition of Sam Purcell to our veteran coaching staff here at Louisville," said Walz. "Sam brings a wealth of knowledge on the court and has a nation presence on the recruiting trail. He has a reputation as an energetic, tireless worker and will no doubt continue to put us in position to attract the type of student-athletes that will allow us to compete for championships."
Purcell comes to Louisville after spending the last six seasons at Georgia Tech as an assistant. While at Georgia Tech, Purcell worked as the scouting coordinator and played a major role in assisting with recruiting all Top 25 classes the last six years, including helping ink a Top Five recruiting class in 2012.
Purcell played a large part in helping the Yellow Jackets elevate the status of the program, as Tech has won at least 20 games and made the NCAA Tournament in six straight seasons. In 2012 the Yellow Jackets earned their highest Tournament seed, a fourth seed, and defeated Georgetown in the second round to advance to the school's first Sweet 16. Georgia Tech finished the season with a program-best No. 10 national ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Purcell also worked closely with several guards who have achieved All-ACC honors and WNBA recognition. In 2011, Alex Montgomery was named second team All-ACC and to the ACC's All-Defensive Team. Montgomery was named the State of Georgia's College Player of the Year and went on to be the first ACC player selected in the 2011 WNBA Draft when she was chosen 10th overall by the New York Liberty.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Purcell was an assistant coach for the University of Tulsa women's basketball team and served as the scouting coordinator, position coach for the post players and assisted with recruiting. During his first season at Tulsa, Purcell played an integral role in helping forward Jillian Robbins attain honorable mention All-America honors, Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year merits. His contributions helped Tulsa capture their first Conference USA regular season and tournament titles.
Purcell arrived at Tulsa from Auburn University, where he spent two seasons as a video coordinator/administrative assistant and was a member of the Tigers' 2004 NCAA Tournament second round squad. From October 2000 through June 2003, he worked for the Tigers as a student coach and was a staff member of Auburn's WNIT championship team in 2003. While at Auburn, he had the opportunity to work under 2005 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Ciampi and 1996 USA Women's Basketball Coach Nell Fortner.
Purcell earned his bachelor's degree in education from Auburn in May 2003. A native of Dalton, Ga., Purcell played two years of men's basketball at Southern Union State Community College (1998-2000).