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Greg Neeley
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Greg Neeley enters his seventh season as Head Men's Basketball Coach in the fall of 2019. The Lions have posted 71 wins under Neeley's leadership including three winning seasons. 

The 2017-18 season was the second 15-11 mark the Lions have posted in Neeley's career with Piedmont while the 10 conference wins were its most in five seasons competing in the USA South. That season also marked the third-straight trip to the USA South Tournament for the Lions.

During his time in Demorest, Neeley has guided six USA South all-conference selections including Justin Vallejo who took the conference by storm in his debut season earning USA South Rookie of the Year honors in 2014-15. 

That season also marked one of the biggest wins in program history for the Lions as they knocked off #6 Emory University inside Cave Arena for the first win over a top-10 at home. 

His team has also continued to get it done in the classroom with a total of 21 players making the NABC Honors Court while the team has earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award each season. That mark of six-straight NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards is the longest streak in the USA South. 

Neeley took over a men’s basketball program coming off a season that saw the Lions compete in just seven games as Piedmont was forced to cancel the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Despite the unsuccessful end to the season prior to Neeley’s arrival, his turnaround of the men’s basketball program at Piedmont became crystal clear.

Neeley's success at the helm was already evident following his season at Warren Wilson College where he led the Owls to the program's first-ever United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship. The Owls posted a 19-10 overall record in 2012-13 including winning 12-straight games to end the season despite playing the fifth toughest schedule in the country. 

Prior to taking over at Warren Wilson, Neeley served as the Head Coach at Ancilla College in his home state of Indiana, a member school of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  While heading up the men’s basketball program at Ancilla, Neeley led the Chargers to the NJCAA District 8 Tournament in just his second year at the helm.

Before making the jump to the head coaching ranks, Neeley was an Assistant Coach at Piedmont working under then-Head Coach Lee Glenn for three of the team’s most successful seasons in the school’s NCAA era to that point.  Helping to engineer Glenn’s high octane offense, Neeley’s work on the staff helped the Lions rank in the nation’s top-30 in scoring offense twice in those three seasons accomplishing the feat both in 2007-08 (13th with 83.7 per. per game) and 2009-10 (30th with 79.9 pts. per game) seasons.

Neeley has also gained experience by working the summer camp circuit as a coach and counselor at a quartet of NCAA Division I member institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Xaiver University, and Miami University (OH).  Additionally, Neeley also served on the camp staff of an NBA franchise, the Philadelphia 76ers, during the summer of 2005 when the club had a All-Star laden roster including the big names of Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala.

With his experience on the camp circuit, Neeley has since helped establish the Piedmont basketball camps since coming back to Demorest serving as the co-director of the summer event along with Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jamie Purdy.  Along with his camp experience, Neeley is also an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Most recently, Neeley was selected to the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Coaches' Academy as one of 30 NCAA men's basketball coaches chosen to participate in the inaugural class. Neeley has also served on the NCAA D-III Men's Basketball South Region Advisory Committee (2018-present) and is the USA South Men's Basketball Coaches' Chair (2018-present).

Neeley earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Ohio Northern University in 2007 where he played one season of men's basketball for the Polar Bears, an NCAA Division III member.  A recipient of the school's Presidential Scholarship in his time at ONU, Neeley moved on to earn his master of business administration from Piedmont in 2009.

Jamie Purdy
Head Women's Basketball Coach

Jamie Purdy enters her 15th season as Head Women's Basketball Coach in the fall of 2019 also serving as Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. Purdy, a former standout student-athlete for the Lady Lions herself and a member of the PC Athletic Hall of Fame, has established herself as one of the most successful coaches in the South at the Division III level, standing just outside the top-50 in wins among active coaches in the nation.

For the first time since joining the USA South, the women's basketball team hosted the 2019 USA South Tournament and won their third-straight tournament title marking their first on the home court. The three-peat was completed to cap off a 23-6 season with a 14-2 mark in league play and the USA South Regular Season West Division Championship.

Amari Price earned USA South Player of the Year honors and followed that with Tournament MVP honors scoring 16 points in the championship. The atmosphere was electric inside Cave Arena for the tournament weekend and provided one of the highlights of the 2018-19 season across the department. 

During her time in Demorest, Purdy has amassed a 260-121 overall record for an outstanding .682 winning percentage with six trips to the NCAA tournament and seven combined tournament and regular season championships. Purdy led two GSAC Players of the Year, a GSAC Freshman of the Year, USA South Player of the Year and earned GSAC Coach of the Year honors herself.

Purdy’s second GSAC Player of the Year, Gainesville native Sada Wheeler, was the program’s first WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) All-American honoree in the school’s NCAA era earning honorable mention during the 2011-12 season. Wheeler was also a first-team All-South Region selection by becoming the first such award winner for Purdy while Amari Price earned All-Region honors in 2019 becoming the second Lady Lion to do so. 

In her first two seasons with the Lady Lions, Purdy set the tone for a successful career with back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances after GSAC Championships. With eight 20+ win seasons to her credit in 14 seasons at the helm, four of those have come in the last four consecutive years. 

Purdy came to Piedmont from Middle Georgia College where she served as the head coach for two seasons. After inheriting the junior college program with no players returning for her first season of play, Purdy led the Warriors to the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association championship game in just her second year at the helm. Overall, the head coach tabulated a 31-21 record in her two seasons in Cochran, Georgia for a winning percentage just shy of .600.

The PC alum was a familiar face around Lady Lion athletics long before taking the reins of the women’s basketball program. Purdy earned four letters in basketball at Piedmont under legendary former head coach Charles Cooper while also lettering twice in softball under current head coach Terry Martin.  
In softball, Purdy won a Georgia Athletic Conference championship while also developing her commitment to defense under Cooper as one of basketball’s toughest defensive players.  For her efforts in the green and gold as a student-athlete, Purdy was honored as an inductee to the Piedmont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Purdy earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Piedmont College in 2000 before moving on to Georgia Southern University where she was earned a master of science in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology in 2002.

Kyle Combs
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Kyle Combs enters his first season as assistant men's basketball coach at Piedmont in the fall of 2019. Combs comes to Piedmont after spending the last three seasons on staff at the Citadel serving as Director of Basketball Operations since 2017.

Combs began his career with the Citadel as a graduate manager before working his way up to Director of Basketball Operations. In his role with the team, Combs managed budgets, coordinated team travel, analyzed film and dealt with all administrative areas of the program along with alumni relations.

He is no stranger to the USA South as he was a four-year starter for Methodist University's men's basketball team before serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Monarchs. 

Combs was a volunteer Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at his alma mater Methodist University from 2014-2016 while teaching high school. While at Methodist, Combs implemented weight-lifting programs, planned individual and team workouts, and organized summer camps in addition to recruiting. 

A four-year starter on the Monarchs' basketball team, Combs was named team captain for the 2012-13 season.

Combs earned his bachelor of science in health education and physical education from Methodist University in 2013. He completed his master's degree in leadership from the Citadel in 2019.

Combs will assist Head Coach Greg Neeley in all facets of the men's basketball program.

Brad Cochran
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Brad Cochran enters his fifth season as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach in 2019-20 after helping guide the Lady Lions to three-consecutive USA South Tournament Championships in 2016-17, 17-18 and 18-19. 

Finishing the regular season with a 14-2 conference record, the Lady Lions earned the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament and hosted the final four.

Piedmont defeated Mary Baldwin, Huntingdon and Berea to claim its third conference title in three years. Following the game, Amari Price was named tournament MVP.

In addition to Price’s MVP, she was also named USA South Player of the Year.

Since joining Piedmont, six players have been named All-Conference with one All-Region selection.

In 2017-18, the Lady Lions defeated tournament host Greensboro College in the semifinals before taking down Berea in the championship game. Senior Bridget Kelly was named tournament MVP.

Piedmont began its three-year run in 2016-17 with a tournament championship win over host Maryville College. Junior Carlie Shields scored 21 points and was named tournament MVP.

Cochran’s first season saw the team finish with a 20-8 overall record and a trip to the conference tournament.

During his first season, Piedmont tied a NCAA-era program record with a 14-game win streak. The Lady Lions were named HERO Sports Team of the Month for January and took down a top-25 Maryville College inside of Cave Arena.

Prior to Piedmont, Cochran was a student assistant with Shorter University’s men’s basketball team during the 2012-13 season.

A local product, Cochran has worked for Lakeview Academy and Gainseville High School while working with both the men’s and women’s programs at Lakeview.

Cochran played his high-school ball at North Hall and was named a first-team All-Area and All-Region selection as a senior.

After high school, Cochran played collegiately at Middle Georgia College, Wallace State Community College and what is now known at University of North Georgia. After college, he tested his talents professionally in 2009 with Torneo Decembrino in Mexico. He finished his career with as a 39% from three and shot 89% from the charity stripe.

Cochran earned his degree in general studies from Shorter University in 2013.