April 18, 2005
ATLANTA – Seth Kushkin, an assistant coach for the 1999 National Champion Purdue and 2001 WNIT Champion Ohio State teams, has joined the Georgia Tech women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach MaChelle Joseph announced Thursday.
Kushkin, who spent the last two years as the athletic director and basketball coach at the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, will work with the Yellow Jackets’ post players and will act as the scouting and defensive coordinator for the team while assisting with recruiting.
“The great thing about Seth is that he was a part of a national championship staff at Purdue and then again at Ohio State, where they won the WNIT Championship, so the fact that he has been successful at a very high level is a great asset to our staff,” said Joseph
“He brings a committed work ethic and desire to the women’s game and I think that he will have a tremendous impact on the way that we play next year.
Kushkin has been a coach for women’s basketball programs for more than 10 years, and brings a wide variety of experience to the Georgia Tech program.
“I am excited about the opportunity to return to the college game and become a part of a special program in Georgia Tech,” said Kushkin. “I look forward to working with this exceptional staff and talented group of players. I know the goal we all have is to continue to move Tech basketball towards becoming a premier program in the country.”
A 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Kushkin began his career as the head coach for the women’s basketball program at the McDonogh School, a role he held from 1993-97 while earning three “A” Division Championships.
Kushkin became an assistant coach for the Purdue women’s basketball program in 1997 and, in his two seasons as a part of the program, the Boilermakers captured the 1999 NCAA National Championship and the 1998 and 1999 Big Ten tournament championships.
Kushkin’s last collegiate stop was as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where he helped the team earn the 2001 WNIT Championship. As a member of the Buckeyes’ staff, he recruited the seventh-ranked recruiting class in 2001.
Kushkin, 35, married the former Lauren Zupnick on April 17, 2004, and they are expecting their first child in October.