Oliver Purnell Adds To His Coaching Staff




CHICAGO- A week or so after it was announced that former Illinois basketball player Myke Henry transferred to DePaul, the Blue Demons continue to make additions to their men’s basketball program.

Head coach Oliver Purnell has now added a new assistant to his coaching staff. Renard Phillips comes to Chicago from our nations capitol. While there he was the head coach of Washington D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy.

He only coached FCA for 13 months, but in that time he amassed a 20-7 record and lead the institution to the semifinals of the Beltway Independent Playoffs. Before FCA he was an assistant at various high schools in the Maryland/D.C. area from 2002-2012.

Phillips has also been involved with AAU Basketball in the Beltway, he coached two different AAU teams from 2006-2012. He played college ball at the Virginia Military Institute where he played in 96 games from 1998-2002.

He holds the VMI record for most assists by a point guard with 200. Phillips is being brought in to replace former DePaul assistant coach Brian Ellerbe who has moved on to seek other opportunities.

It was a very active spring for DePaul and it looks like they will be very busy this summer as well.

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