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Brian Purugganan enters his third year as the head coach of the Raider Women's Basketball program, going into the 2011-2012 campaign. His 2010 Raiders compiled a league record of 8-8 league, good for a Fifth Place finish in the Western Division, just missing a trip to the NWAACC Tournament. Purugganan is quickly re-building the reputation of Raider Basketball in the Pacific Northwest. "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 continued challenge of building a winning tradition with the Raiders basketball program."
Purugganan came 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. Prior to his stint at Foss, he led successful programs at Clover Park High School (1995-2000) and at Christian Faith High School (1990-1995).
A Tacoma-area resident for 29 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.
Head Women's Basketball Coach
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