Purnell Names DePaul Basketball Staff

Newly hired DePaul men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell has his coaching staff in place the university announced today.

Purnell's staff will consist of the best of both worlds as he will combine former assistant coaches from Clemson with current assistant coaches at DePaul.

Purnell will bring in two coaches from his staff at Clemson – Ron Bradley and Josh Postorino. He will also retain current assistant coach Billy Garrett, who has been at DePaul for one year. Purnell also brings to DePaul his one-time assistant at Clemson -Kevin Nickelberry as an assistant coach. David Booth is will serve as the program's director of community, corporate and professional relations. Postorino will fill the Director of Men's Basketball Operations position on Purnell's staff.

"After a lot of careful analysis and thought, I believe I've put together a staff that will help me build a tremendous program here at DePaul," Purnell said in a statement. "This staff will provide the energy, the work ethic, the expertise and the desire that it takes to establish a program at a high level."

Andy Farrell comes to DePaul as the video coordinator after serving in the same role at Clemson. Mac Calloway comes from the University of Miami and will handle duties as men's basketball strength and conditioning coach. Brandon Bailey will continue on as the graduate assistant director of basketball operations.

Ron Bradley

Dr. Ron Bradley was the associate head coach for seven years under Purnell at Clemson and will have the title of associate head coach at DePaul. He is credited with helping architect and implement Purnell's full court pressure defense with the Tigers.

"Ron Bradley and I have been together since or days way back at Maryland under Lefty Dreisell," said Purnell. "He was my chief of staff at Radford, where he took over for me and did a great job. He was my chief of staff at Clemson. He has everything to do with the success we had."

Bradley has also served as a head coach for 16 years, five at Eastern Nazarene (1976-81) and 11 at Radford (1991-2002) where he compiled a 289-175 career record. He succeeded Purnell as the head coach at Radford where he had a 193-124 record.

Bradley was briefly named the interim coach at Clemson when Purnell took the DePaul job in early April.

Bradley is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts. He was a three-time NAIA honorable mention All-American at Eastern Nazarene and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame last fall.

Bradley is married to the former Denise Smith, they have two children, William (31) and Katlin (24).

Kevin Nickelberry

Up until two days ago, Kevin Nickleberry was believed to be joining Gib Arnold's new staff at the University of Hawaii.

Kevin Nickelberry joins Purnell's staff after serving as the head coach for the Libyan National team for one year.

Prior to that Nickelberry was the head coach at Hampton University for three seasons where he compiled a 50-44 record.

Nickelberry worked as an assistant coach under Purnell at Clemson from 2003 to 2006.

Nickelberry has a reputation as a big-time recruiter. During his three year tenure at Clemson, the Tigers had two recruiting classes ranked in the top 40.

The 2005-06 class consisted of signees Julius Powell, K.C. Rivers, and Raymond Sykes, was cited as the 36th-best in the nation by PrepStars. Both Powell and Rivers were ranked among the top 100 incoming freshmen by Hoop Scoop.

Clemson's 2004-05 recruiting class was ranked among the top 25 in the nation by many services, and all five members were ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by various services.

"Kevin Nickelberry worked with me before at Clemson," Purnell said. "He really spearheaded our recruiting there. We still had some guys last year including guys like (McDonald's All-American) Trevor Booker that he recruited. The guys that he recruited formed the basis of the teams that went three straight years to the NCAA tournament."

While at Clemson, Nickelberry had been consistently listed among the top 20 assistant coaches in the nation by various media servicess. Both Basketball Times and Hoop Scoop rated Nickelberry as one of the top 20 assistant coaches in the country in 2003.

Before joining Oliver Purnell's staff at Clemson, Nickelberry served as an assistant coach at Charlotte from 2001-2003. Nickelberry helped the 49ers land consecutive top 20 recruiting classes in both 2002 and 2003. Four of his recruits have had numerous accolades, including Eddie Basden, Vincent Grier, Martin Iti, and Curtis Withers.

Nickelberry has also had assistant coaching stints at Holy Cross, Monmouth, and Howard.

Nickelberry and his wife Mamie have two sons, Kyan (born Nov. 6, 2002) and Kelby (born July 21, 2004).

Billy Garrett

Billy Garrett joins Purnell's staff after one year as an assistant at DePaul under Jerry Wainwright and interim coach Tracy Webster.

Garrett returned to Chicago last year after coaching stints at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Mexico, Iowa, Seton Hall, and Siena.

Garrett has recruited the city of Chicago throughout his coaching career. Garrett returned to the city where he was once the head coach at Providence St. Mel High School where he coached former Blue Demon LeVar Seals. Garrett also coached former Demon Steven Hunter while with the Illinois Fire AAU program.

"Billy Garrett, I got to know him really well over the past couple weeks," said Purnell. "He has been indispensable in terms of what he's been able to do for us in the past couple of weeks with our current kids and starting to introduce me around Chicago and other parts of the country with the contacts that he has. Billy's experience speaks for itself having coached at Iowa, Seton Hall, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a good friend of mine – Perry Clark, and on the high school level, and at the AAU level. He has just tremendous experience and is just a very impressive young coach."

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Garrett attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. There he played football for the Redbirds for four years. He earned his bachelor's degree in youth administration from the University of Indianapolis in 1991.

Garrett was born Dec. 16, 1964. He and his wife, Annissa, have one son, Billy Garrett, Jr., who is a freshman point guard at Morgan Park High School.

Josh Postorino

Josh Postorino follows Purnell from Clemson where he was an assistant coach for two years and the team's Director of Basketball Operations for one year.

Before that, Postorino was an assistant coach at Marshall under coach Ron Jirsa from 2003 to 2007.

Postorino was the first player signed by Purnell at the University of Dayton, where he played for the Flyers from 1995 to 1999. He then served as Director of Operations for one year and assistant coach for two years at Dayton.

"Josh Postorino, the first player that I ever recruited at Dayton, worked for me there as a student assistant after he couldn't play his senior year because of brain surgery," Purnell said. "I hired him there as an assistant, he did a nice job. I hired him back at Clemson as a basketball operations person and here we go again. Josh is just an outstanding young coach. He understands his role as a basketball operations person very, very well."

A 32 year old native of Clearwater, Florida, Josh and his wife Jennifer have a son, Brody, who was born on April 3, 2008.

David Booth

Former Blue Demon guard David Booth joined the DePaul men's basketball coaching staff under head coach Jerry Wainwright last season.

Booth returned to his alma mater after working as a scout for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

Booth is the second leading career scorer in DePaul history. He played for the Blue Demons from 1988-92. David was inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame in February, 2009. He has also been inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

"We're really pleased that David will be a person on our staff that works with the university as a liaison to the corpotate community of Chicago, a liaison to professional basketball, both the NBA and international basketball," said Purnell. "He's got a wealth of experience with all of that. He's certainly is a role model for our players. He was an outstanding player here at DePaul, a member of the Hall of Fame. He did it the right way as a great student-athlete. He went on to have a great career professionally playing many years in the professional ranks internationally."

Booth is a Peoria native who starred at Peoria Manual High School. During his career at Peoria Manual, he helped the school to Class AA basketball tournaments in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was all-tourney in 1988.

David finished his career ranked in the top six in DePaul history in blocked shots, field goals, free throws, points and steals. He is second all-time with 1,933 points, third with 713 field goals, fifth with 165 steals and 444 free throws, and his 113 career blocked shots are sixth in school history.

Booth averaged 15.6 points per game during his career and led the Blue Demons in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior. He led DePaul to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992 and was named a honorable mention All-American as a junior. Finishing his career as the first player with at least 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocked shots, Booth was a first team All-Great Midwest Conference honoree as a senior and participated in the Pan American Games trials in 1991.

David and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Mariah, 17, Sydney, 13, and Brandon, 9.

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