Brian Purugganan has been named the new head coach for the Pierce College Women’s Basketball program.
Purugganan comes to Pierce after nine seasons as head coach of the varsity girls’ team at Foss High School, where he led the Falcons to the state tournament twice and to the West Central District Tournament six times. His Falcons were the Narrows Bridge Division Champions in 2007-08 and Purugganan was named the division Coach of the Year in 2004.
“We feel very fortunate to have someone of Brian’s caliber and experience joining our staff and we are looking forward to getting the Raiders Women’s Basketball program back on the map in the NWAACC,” said Duncan Stevenson, Pierce College athletic director. “Brian will bring a new energy, a positive attitude, and a desire to succeed to the program.”
Similarly, Purugganan is excited to make the leap to college coaching.
“I consider it an honor and privilege to be working at this level, where I can mold and shape young athletes and prepare them for the future,” he said. “I look forward to the challenge of building a winning tradition with the Raiders basketball program.”
A Tacoma-area resident for 27 years, Purugganan has coached a number of Amateur Athletic Union teams in Seattle and Tacoma, and has run team camps and clinics for the Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma and for various high school girls’ varsity programs. Prior to coaching at Foss High School, Purugganan was head coach at Clover Park High School (1995-2000) and at Christian Faith High School (1990-1995).