Sam Purcell is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Golden Hurricane.
Purcell serves as the scouting coordinator, oversees instruction of the post players and assists with recruiting.
During his first season at TU, Purcell played an integral role in helping forward Jillian Robbins attain honorable mention All-America honors, and Conference USA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year merits, as well as being tabbed to the all-C-USA first team. His contributions helped Tulsa capture the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Purcell, 26, came to 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 manager, and was a member of Auburn's WNIT championship team in 2003. During his stint at Auburn he worked under Joe Ciampi, a member of the 2005 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, and Nell Fortner, the 2000 United States Women's Basketball Olympic Team head coach.
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).
Purcell and his wife, Meghan, live in Owasso.
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