Warriors Part Ways With Coach Purves
After taking the Indonesia Warriors to two consecutive Asean Basketball League finals, head coach Todd Purves will part ways with the Jakarta-based side, the club announced on Tuesday.
Purves’ contract will expire on June 30 and the Warriors decided not to renew it for the upcoming season.
Warriors president commissioner Handy P Soetedjo said the club is very thankful for his service during the past two years and wished him well in his career.
“On behalf of the Indonesia Warriors organization, I would like to thank coach Todd Purves for his service and effort to elevate Indonesian basketball,” Handy said in the statement.
“We are grateful for what Todd has done in his two years in Indonesia. Not only has he won us a championship, but he has instilled a winning culture within the team that is proven by the team’s record in the ABL. The Warriors family wishes coach Todd all the best and great success in his career.”
The Warriors signed Purves in the 2011-2012 season after a disastrous season under previous coach Ocky Tamtelahitu, which saw the club miss the postseason.
Prior to coaching the Warriors, Purves was a video coordinator and advance scout for the NBA Sacramento Kings.
His two successful seasons with the Warriors helped the Indonesian club win the ABL title in his first year, while he also won the ABL Coach of The Year award. Over two seasons, Purves held a 35-19 record, including a 7-4 record in postseason.
The Warriors were swept aside by the San Miguel Beermen 3-1 in the best-of-five ABL Final and failed to make history as the first club to win back-to-back titles in the league.
Having made his coaching debut with the Warriors, Purves said he leaves the club with great memories.
“I have a great deal of gratitude towards the Thohir family and the ownership group for giving me an opportunity. This has been two of the most wonderful years of my life spent here in Indonesia. I’m so thankful for the fans and how much love and warmth they’ve shown me here in a foreign country,” Purves said.
“To the organization, the staff and the players, I’m lost for words to describe how thankful I am for the opportunity and the chance to coach these great people and to bring a championship here.”
“We created a family atmosphere here and the players are well aware of how much I feel for them,” Purves added.
He added that he has received offers from both the NBA and international clubs, but would not accept offers from other ABL teams.