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Oliver Purnell served for seven years as Clemson University's twenty-first Men's Basketball coach, [[2003]]-[[2010]], achieving a record of 138-88. He resigned early on [[April 6]], [[2010]], to take the head job with the DePaul University basketball program in Chicago, Illinois.
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Bill Foster, the second winningest coach in Clemson basketball history on a percentage basis, served as the Tigers' seventeenth head basketball coach, [[1975]]-[[1984]]. He is second to [[Rick Barnes]] on a percentage basis in [[ACC]] games (.373) and ACC road games (.233).  Foster's Clemson record was 156-106. He is tied for the most top-20 wins (16) in Clemson history and also won 13 games in overtime, also a Clemson record.
  
==Early life==
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Born [[April 1]], [[1936]], a native of Palatka, Florida, he graduated from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, in [[1958]] and then attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and coached their basketball team (NAIA) for five seasons, [[1962]]-[[1967]], with a 110-31 record. He then coached for five seasons at independent Division I University of North Carolina-Charlotte, [[1970]]-[[1975]], where his teams were 88-38.
Purnell was born [[May 19]], [[1953]] in Berlin, Maryland.
 
  
==Education==
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Hired in 1975 to replace the disgraced [[Tates Locke]] at Clemson, Foster's best year helming the Tigers was [[1979]]-[[1980]] when he guided them to a 23-9 record and the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the farthest Clemson has advanced in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated six Top 20 teams that year, still a single-season record for ranked wins. That includes Clemson's only victory in history over the number one-ranked team, an 87-82 win over Duke on [[January 9]], [[1980]]. The Tigers were ranked 18th.
Purnell attended Old Dominion University where he earned a B.S. degree in health and physical education in 1975. He earned a master's degree in physical education and administration from Old Dominion in 1978.
 
  
He earned three letters playing basketball at Old Dominion between 1972 and 1975. He was the team MVP and honorable mention All-American in 1975 when he led Old Dominion to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
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Foster left Clemson in [[1984]] to restart the Miami (FL) program where he was 78-71 during five seasons ([[1985]]-[[1990]]), moving to Virginia Tech in [[1991]] where he was head coach for six seasons through [[1997]] with a record 101-78.  In 1995-96 he took Virginia Tech to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. His 1994-95 team won the NIT.
  
==Coaching==
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Foster retired from coaching after the 1996-1997 season with a 532-325 record.  He resides in Boone, North Carolina. He was inducted into the [[Clemson Hall of Fame]] in [[2001]]. In [[September]] [[2005]] he received the [[Bobby Roberts]] Award from the Augusta Sports Council for lifetime contributions to college basketball. He was inducted into the Carson-Newman Eagles Hall of Fame in [[2007]].
Purnell served as a Graduate Assistant at Old Dominion (1975-1977), and then as Assistant Coach at ODU (1978-1985). From 1985 to 1988 he was an Assistant Coach at the University of Maryland.
 
  
He became Head Coach at Radford University (1988-1991), then returned to Old Dominion University as Head Coach (1991-1994) before moving on to Dayton from 1994 to 2003. He became the Clemson head coach on [[April 5]], [[2003]], replacing [[Larry Shyatt]] who served from 1998 to 2003.
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{{Succession|previous=[[Tates Locke]]|title=[[List of Clemson Basketball Coaches|Clemson University Basketball Coaches]]|after=[[Cliff Ellis]]}}
  
Entering his seventh and final season as the Tigers' Head Coach, Purnell had a 373-268 record for a .582 percentage over 21 years.
 
 
{{Succession|previous=[[Larry Shyatt]]|title=[[List of Clemson Basketball Coaches|Clemson University Basketball Coaches]]|after=[[Brad Brownell]]}}
 
 
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Revision as of 12:53, 30 August 2010

Bill Foster, the second winningest coach in Clemson basketball history on a percentage basis, served as the Tigers' seventeenth head basketball coach, 1975-1984. He is second to Rick Barnes on a percentage basis in ACC games (.373) and ACC road games (.233). Foster's Clemson record was 156-106. He is tied for the most top-20 wins (16) in Clemson history and also won 13 games in overtime, also a Clemson record.

Born April 1, 1936, a native of Palatka, Florida, he graduated from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, in 1958 and then attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and coached their basketball team (NAIA) for five seasons, 1962-1967, with a 110-31 record. He then coached for five seasons at independent Division I University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1970-1975, where his teams were 88-38.

Hired in 1975 to replace the disgraced Tates Locke at Clemson, Foster's best year helming the Tigers was 1979-1980 when he guided them to a 23-9 record and the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the farthest Clemson has advanced in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated six Top 20 teams that year, still a single-season record for ranked wins. That includes Clemson's only victory in history over the number one-ranked team, an 87-82 win over Duke on January 9, 1980. The Tigers were ranked 18th.

Foster left Clemson in 1984 to restart the Miami (FL) program where he was 78-71 during five seasons (1985-1990), moving to Virginia Tech in 1991 where he was head coach for six seasons through 1997 with a record 101-78. In 1995-96 he took Virginia Tech to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. His 1994-95 team won the NIT.

Foster retired from coaching after the 1996-1997 season with a 532-325 record. He resides in Boone, North Carolina. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2001. In September 2005 he received the Bobby Roberts Award from the Augusta Sports Council for lifetime contributions to college basketball. He was inducted into the Carson-Newman Eagles Hall of Fame in 2007.


Preceded by: Tates Locke Clemson University Basketball Coaches Succeeded by: Cliff Ellis