DePaul University has selected Parker Executive Search for its national search for the 14th men's basketball coach in program history. The Atlanta-based executive search firm is nationally renowned in the executive search industry for higher education.
DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto announced today a change in the leadership of the men's basketball program. Oliver Purnell has resigned as head coach and finishes his DePaul coaching career after five seasons in Lincoln Park.
DePaul dropped a 78-63 decision to Creighton in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday night. Jamee Crockett led DePaul with 15 points in his final game in a Blue Demon uniform.
DePaul opens its 2015 BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday night in a first-round game against Creighton. The Blue Demons enter the event as the No. 7 seed while the Bluejays are slotted in the No. 10 position. A victory sends DePaul to Thursday's quarterfinals against second-seeded Georgetown.
DePaul sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. was named honorable mention All-BIG EAST on Sunday as the league prepped for this week's conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the field is set for the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament presented by New York Life. The four-day, nine-game tournament starts Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden with DePaul and Creighton meeting in the first round.