New head coach for Hornets basketball
New head coach for Hornets men's basketball
Athletic Director Matt Griffin has named Jeffrey Pourchier, former Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.) basketball coach, the new head coach of the SPSU Runnin’ Hornets men’s basketball team.
Serving as head coach of the Reinhardt Eagles from 2007-2012, Pourchier led the team to three consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back appearances in the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament championship. He also spent two seasons at Valdosta State University (VSU) as assistant men’s coach helping the team earn a 37-19 record. He capped his final season at VSU with an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2007.
Pourchier also has experience with the SPSU basketball program. He served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2003-2005. During the 2004-2005 season the team clinched both the SSAC regular season and tournament championships, went 32-4, advanced to the third round of the NAIA tournament, and at one point in the season were ranked No. 1 in the country – a first for any sport in the school’s history.
“We are very happy to have Jeff back in our athletic program. He has a great work ethic and knowledge of the game,” said Griffin. “We are excited to have him lead our men’s basketball program after a great season last year that saw the team go undefeated at home and finish in the top 16 of the NAIA national tournament.”
The Lawrenceville native attended LaGrange College and was a stand-out on their basketball team, accumulating more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career. After earning a business management degree from LaGrange, he earned his MBA from SPSU. He currently resides in Canton, Ga.