Samuel Puryear
Samuel Puryear

A 12-year golfing coach whose career includes stints at Stanford University, Michigan State University and Queens University of Charlotte has been hired to coach at Howard University.

Howard announced the hiring Thursday of Samuel Puryear, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., who became the first African American head coach at a Power 5 school at Michigan State in 2008.

NBA superstar and well-known golf enthusiast Stephen Curry, announced last August his commitment to funding men’s and women’s teams at the university for six years beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

“I would like to thank Stephen Curry, [Howard President Wayne A.I.] Frederick and Mr. Kery Davis for creating and providing this unique opportunity,” Puryear said. “I am excited to be involved and on the ground floor with a culturally, historically significant university that has positioned itself with positively shaping and molding some of our countries most talented and brightest student-athletes/ Mr. Curry’s vision will impact this program and resonate through the world of golf for many years to come.”

Since 2008, Puryear has produced one national championship, one Big Ten championship, two Coach of the Year honors, two Conference Carolina titles and two South Atlantic Conference championships.

Howard currently sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports.

“The selection of Coach Sam Puryear is the next step in this historic journey to take golf at Howard to the highest level,” Frederick said. “His experience training student-athletes to perform on the greens, in the classroom and on the PGA Tour will serve him well as he creates a foundation of excellence to pursue championship-level play in the Bison community.”

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