June 16, 1997

Women's Basketball Names Kushkin as Assistant Coach

WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue women's basketball coach Carolyn Peck has announced the hiring of Seth Kushkin as the program's third assistant coach. He joins Pam Stackhouse and Kerry Cremeans on the Boilermakers' staff. Kushkin's responsibilities will include working with the post players, scouting and videotape breakdown and on-campus recruiting. "Seth is a great addition to my staff, and I am extremely happy to have him," Peck said. "He has been successful and will add to the winning attitude of our program. Seth's experience as a high school head coach is a real plus when it comes to on-the-floor coaching. He has done a lot of instructing and teaching, and that will be a great benefit to our student-athletes."

Kushkin comes to Purdue from McDonogh High School in Baltimore, where he served as head girls' basketball coach for four seasons and compiled a 65-20 overall record (.765 winning percentage). His teams won division championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997 and were No. 10, No. 5 and No. 4 in the final city rankings, respectively. McDonogh's top player during that span, Sonia Chase, signed with Maryland for the 1994-95 season and played against Purdue in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. Kushkin also was an English and social studies teacher and student advisor at the school.

Previously, Kushkin served as the boys' varsity assistant and freshman head coach at the Columbus (Ohio) Academy in 1992-93. He also has been on the staffs of numerous summer camps, including stops at Ohio State (1993 and 1995) and Wisconsin (1993 and 1994). "The first things I noticed when I came here to interview was the family atmosphere of the entire athletic department and the commitment to excellence," Kushkin said. "I consider myself fortunate, and I am excited to be a part of a program that has been and will continue to be very successful."

A native of Columbus, Ohio, the 27-year-old Kushkin earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts (English concentration) from Wisconsin in 1992. He has completed some postgraduate work at Ohio State, as well.

The Boilermakers opened their high intensity elite position camp Sunday, and it concludes Tuesday. Resident camp is June 17-20, followed by Day Camp from June 30-July 3.