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Terry Primm

  Head Men's Basketball Coach
  Alma Mater: Palm Beach Atlantic University
  E-mail: terry_primm@pba.edu
  Office Phone: (561) 803-2533

Terry Primm begins his sixth season at the helm of the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team in 2012-13.

As Sailfish head coach, he consistently schedules his team against the top competition in the NCAA South Region. During his tenure, the Sailfish basketball team have defeated all nine members of the Sunshine State Conference.

A former standout player for the Sailfish, Primm later returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach before taking the reigns as head coach for the 2007-2008 season.

Primm continued his plan of developing the Sailfish men's basketball team into a NCAA South Region contender during the 2010-11 season as his squad posted impressive regional wins over the likes of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Rollins College, Saint Leo University, and Barry University. They also swept the season series against regional rivals Lynn University and Florida Tech for the first-time in school history.

Primm's teams have defeated three top-25 nationally-ranked teams during his tenure as well as knocking off numerous regionally-ranked squads.

Putting together one of the toughest schedules in the country for NCAA Division II, Primm and his program defeated NCAA Division I, Stetson Univeresity while also hosting two tournaments, the Sailfish Classic and the Jay McCormick Memorial Classic for the first time on their way to an overall record of 12-13.

Palm Beach Atlantic closed out the 2009-2010 campaign with a flourish as they were crowned NCCAA South Region champions with an overtime victory over North Greenville University for the region championship. The Sailfish would earn a victory at the NCCAA National Tournament in Oakland City, Indiana before being defeated on the national stage to close out the year.

The 2008-2009 season featured the Fish earning NCAA South Region victories over the likes of Lynn University, Saint Leo University, Rollins College, Florida Tech, and twice against both Eckerd College and Barry University as Primm began to establish his program on a regional and national level.

In his first season in 2007-2008, Primm led the Sailfish to victories over two nationally ranked opponents against the likes of Florida Southern College and Northwood University. Despite dealing with a rash of injuries that cost a number of key contributors much time away from the court, the Sailfish continued to show improvement as the season progressed.

No stranger to PBA, Primm was most recently the PBA recruiting coordinator, and played for the Sailfish from 1995-1997, filling the team’s record books with his statistics.

In Primm’s two seasons as a player, the Sailfish won over 30 games while he personally averaged 18.7 points per game, which currently stands in fourth place all-time for average points per game in a career. He also sits amongst the top five all-time in both two- and three-point percentages for a career, averaging 57.4% from the floor while making over 37 percent of his three-point attempts. Primm was also known on the defensive side of the court, averaging 2.41 steals per game to rank second all-time.

Primm’s coaching history includes a two-year stint as an assistant at Palm Beach Atlantic where he helped lead the Sailfish to a pair of NCCAA South Region championships. He has also been active coaching AAU teams and instructing youth basketball clinics. The new coach founded the Top Performance Basketball Academy and has coached at both the Five-Star and Eastern Invitational prep basketball camps.

He also served as an assistant coach at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach where his team won the 2001 FHSAA 2A State Championship.

Earning his bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic in Business Administration, Primm  completed his Master’s degree from PBA as well in the Organizational Leadership program.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Primm now makes his home in West Palm Beach with his daughter, Crystal.


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