DePaul Pulls the Plug on Purnell

Oliver Purnell’s five year run as head men’s basketball coach at DePaul has come to an end.

After compiling a record of 54-105 over five seasons as head coach of the Demons, DePaul and Oliver Purnell have decided to part ways.

Purnell never managed to have a winning season or make any postseason tournaments during his time in Lincoln Park.

"It is my best interest and my family's best interest to resign as head coach of the DePaul basketball program," Purnell said in a statement. "We made progress here and improved with the talent and character of our student-athletes. DePaul provided complete support and is fully committed to its basketball program with its budget, the on-campus facilities and in the future with the new events center. I would like to personally thank the University community, fans and student body for their support and thank the student-athletes for their efforts over the last five years."

"We would like to thank Oliver for his time at DePaul," said DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto. "He moved the program forward with the building of the roster and we wish him and his family well in the future. We are grateful to Coach Purnell for turning a corner in DePaul recruiting. We are clearly a stronger program because of his leadership. As we now turn to a search for a new coach, we do so gratefully for what he contributed these past five years."

Purnell holds a record of 448-384 in 27 seasons as a college head coach.

The Blue Demons now begin a national coaching search where they aim to hire a coach who can take the DePaul program to the next level.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on the DePaul coaching search.


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