Puryear resigns as Michigan State coach
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sam Puryear, who has been the head coach at Michigan State for the past four years, has resigned to care for an ailing family member. Puryear will remain involved with Michigan State in a different capacity, continuing his work with the Spartans’ youth outreach golf programs in Detroit.
“This has been a very difficult decision for my immediate family because Michigan State is a special place, but we know that life is short and the time that we have to spend with our loved ones is precious,” Puryear said in a statement. “I’m tremendously thankful to MSU for the wonderful opportunity, but I feel compelled to be closer to the people in my life who need me the most as a son, a husband and a father, and that’s where my focus lies.”
Puryear’s tenure at Michigan State was highlighted by winning the 2008 Big Ten Championship in his first season at the helm. As a team, the Spartans won six tournament titles.
Michigan State finished this past year ranked No. 141 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.