Rodeo & Judging
College: Missouri Southern State University
Hometown: Sheffield, England
Chris Hackett begins his sixth year as the head men's basketball coach at Frank Phillips College. This past season was one of the best in school history, as he led the team to 21 wins and a place in the Region Tournament for the first time in a decade. He also became the school's all-time leader in wins and was named a finalist for the Hoopdirt.com National Junior College Coach of the Year.
Under his leadership the Plainsmen have increased the number of overall wins and conference wins for five consecutive seasons, including wins over five nationally ranked opponents. In 2014 he was also named the head coach of the West team in the Region V All-Star Game, which went on to win 149-133.
In five years he has coached an All-Region player, thirteen All-Conference players and placed twenty four players at four year schools, including fifteen at the NCAA Division I or II level. More importantly, twenty one of his sophomores have graduated with their Associates Degree. He has also established a successful summer camp program, with over 120 campers spending a week of their vacation in the Plainsmen gym each year!
He came to FPC after spending five years as the associate head coach at NCAA program, Florida Tech. During his time there, the Panthers produced one of the best turnarounds in school history, including a twenty win season, a school record 11-0 start and being ranked as high as #11 in the nation. They also recorded six wins over teams nationally ranked in the top 25. He coached three All-Freshman players, the 2009 Freshman of the Year, eight All-Conference players, four All-Region players, the 2011 Region Player of the Year and the school's first All-American in twenty years! Individually, in 2007, he was named as one of the top ten assistant coaches in the country by Rivals.com.
Prior to arriving at Florida Tech he spent two years as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College in Kansas and before that, one year as the head coach at Sarcoxie High School in Missouri.
A native of Sheffield, England, Hackett attended Sheffield College for three years, leading them to a National Championship in 1999, before playing one year at Allen Community College, (KS) to finish his collegiate career. He also played club basketball in England for eight years and competed in international tournaments in France and Greece. He is regularly involved in basketball throughout Europe and was a featured speaker at the Future Stars International Coaching Conference in London, where he appeared alongside former LA Laker, Slava Medvedenko and the national team coaches of Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden and the Netherlands. He has also directed several basketball camps, including the Folgaria Basketball Camp in Italy, where the coaching staff included the legendary Rollie Massimino and the NBA's Mike Fratello. He has had numerous coaching articles published by basketball journals in both Europe and the United States.
Coach Hackett holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master's degree in the same field from Pittsburg State University, (KS).
College: Salem International University, WV
Hometown: Summerville, SC
Lawrence Reed begins his fourth year as assistant men's basketball coach at Frank Phillips College. He has been instrumental in the recent success of the Plainsmen, helping them to a 53-38 overall record, a twenty win season and a place in the Region Tournament during his three years with the program. He has also coached an All-Region player, seven All-Conference players and thirteen players that have gone on to play at four year schools.
Coach Reed came to FPC after spending a year as a graduate assistant at Salem International University, (WV). While at SIU, he coached under Donita Adams for the women's team and assisted Coach Randy Unger as a skills and conditioning coach for the men's team. During the year he spent there, both basketball programs experienced an improvement in wins and recruiting, while being accepted into the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).
In addition to his responsibilities with the FPC basketball camps, Coach Reed has directed several camps in Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia and Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has also helped develop players that have gone on to play at the NCAA Division I, II and professional level.
He played his first two years of college basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic University, (FL) under Coach Stephon Leary. While there, he competed against current FPC head coach Chris Hackett's Florida Tech team. His last two years of eligibility were spent at SIU under Coach Unger.
Coach Reed holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and a Master's degree in International Business, both from Salem International University, (WV).
Elliott De Wit
College: Frank Phillips College, TX
Hometown: Paris, France
Elliott De Wit begins his second year as assistant men's basketball coach at Frank Phillips College. Coach De Wit came to FPC from France to learn more about American basketball culture and coaching at the college level.
Before coming to FPC, he coached at several levels in France and had the opportunity to work with many of the top coaches there, such as; Thomas Drouot, Christophe Denis, Ron Stewart, Xavier Calvaire and Anthony Tomba.
As well as his on the court experience, he also obtained his French coaching certificates and was the youngest head coach at the under 17's national level, winning the National Championship in 2015.
Coach De Wit is involved in all areas of Plainsmen basketball and helps the players develop as both a team and as individuals. He is also enrolled as a full time student at FPC and will graduate with his Associates Degree in May.
College: West Texas A&M University
Hometown: Borger, TX
Nathan Purswell begins his first year as assistant men's basketball coach at Frank Phillips College. He joins the men's staff after spending three years as an assistant coach for the FPC women's team. In 2014-2015 he helped the team to twenty wins, narrowly missing out on a place at the regional tournament. Overall, the team had a 45-26 record during his time with the program. He also coached two NJCAA Academic All-Americans and five All-Conference players.
Coach Purswell is originally from Borger and graduated from Borger High School in 2007. He was a part of the men's basketball team at Frank Phillips, before a knee injury cut short his playing career. He graduated from FPC with his Associate's degree and he also holds a Bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University. He is currently completing a Master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from the University of Concordia- Irvine and is scheduled to graduate in February 2017.
He is the son of Rodney and Kathy Purswell. Rodney spent over twenty years as the rodeo coach and agriculture teacher at Frank Phillips and Kathy taught for fifteen years.