Coaches - Women's Basketball

Brian Purugganan - Head Coach

Contact: 253-576-4830 |

Women's Basketball Head Coach - Brian PuruggananBrian Purugganan enters his seventh year as the head coach of the Raider Women's Basketball program, going into the 2015-2016 campaign. His 2012 Raiders compiled a league record of 11-5, good for a third place finish in the Western Division and inked a trip to the NWAC Tournament for the first time since 1993. This included a notable 8-2 effort down the stretch upsetting the previously undefeated Penguins of Clark College. The Penguins were 12-0 in league play and sat atop the division until the Raiders defeated them.

Purugganan quickly re-built the reputation of Raider Basketball in the Pacific Northwest. Every year has progressively gotten better. "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."

In Purugganan’s first year as head coach at Pierce he accumulated more wins in a single season than the Raiders compiled in the previous four seasons combined (the Lady Raiders went 4-60 from 2006-2009). The Raiders ended the season with a 7-9 league record his first year and look forward to improving every season and contending for a spot in the NWAC playoffs. In his seven years at Pierce he has amassed an overall league record of 47-49.

“The will to win isn't as important as the will to be prepared to win” is a motto that has been embedded in the student athletes recruited to play for the Raiders women’s basketball team. Purugganan’s teams have brought into the system and are willing to do whatever is necessary to get to the next level. “We want to be a contender in the West Region every year and make it to the tournament. We will continue to recruit high caliber players to get us to the next level while also developing the student athlete as a whole.”

In addition, Pierce had a number of players on the 2011-12 regions All-Star Teams under the direction of Purugganan including two-time First Team All-League and Western Region Sophomore All-Start recipient Unique Taufa’asau, Freshman-of- the-Year Kawehi Hagi, and First Team All-Defense Natasha Trinidad.

Taylor Riley was also a First Team All-League selection was also a member of the Western Region Sophomore All Star team. Riley signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Eastern Oregon University where she was a member of the undefeated Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship team (NAIA Division II) who in the final coaches’ poll was ranked No. 3 in the country.

In 2012-13 Pierce boasted the NWAC steal leader and number two scorer, Carli Elwin who signed a National Letter of Intent for Division II powerhouse, Minot State in North Dakota. Pierce, maintaining its dominance as one of the top defensive teams in the NWAC in 2014 improved to a 9-7 league record for the 2nd most league wins under Purugganan’s reigns. Pierce nabbed yet again top defensive accolades with sophomore Alyssa Simmonson as the top steal leader in the NWAC and a Raider broke 100 steals for the 3rd consecutive season.

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).

Purugganan a Tacoma-area resident for 30 years played high school basketball in California and Alaska, and went on the play college ball for Hawaii Pacific. 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.

Assistant Coaches

Johnny Bell
Assistant Coach
253-912-2399 ext 6177

Dale Riley
Assistant Coach
253-912-2399 ext 5741

Angie Kennedy
Assistant Coach

Bernard Thomas
Assistant Coach

Brian Purugganan
Head Women's Basketball Coach
253-912-2399 Ext 5742
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