Claude Pardue, a former Georgia State basketball graduate assistant, returned to GSU prior to the start of the 2011-12 season and enters his sixth year in 2016-17. Before his return to GSU, he spent the 2010-11 season as a program coordinator for Tim Floyd at UTEP. A graduate of Emory University, Pardue earned his master’s degree at Georgia State while working as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball team.
Pardue has helped guide Georgia State through its most successful five-year stretch in program history, including three-straight winning seasons.
The 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons garnered Georgia State two of the three winningest seasons in program history.By securing back-to-back 25 win seasons, the Panthers became one of just 20 programs in the country to accomplish the feat over the two-year stretch.
In 2014-15, Georgia State won its second-straight Sun Belt regular season title and then added a tournament title before upsetting No. 3-seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament.
In 2013-14, the Panthers won 25 games, the second most in school history, a Sun Belt regular-season title and advanced to the Postseason NIT.
Pardue has overseen workouts with the guards and wings and helped develop three all-conference guards: Ryan Harrow, Devonta White and two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year R.J. Hunter.
In 2012-13, Pardue guided nine newcomers, including freshman Hunter who earned Kyle Macy Freshman All-America honors. As a sophomore and junior, Hunter earned AP All-America Honorable Mention recognition.
In his first season back with the Panthers (2011-12), Pardue helped GSU to 22 wins, the third most in school history, and an appearance in the CollegieInsider.com Postseason Tournament. GSU finished among the top 20 in the NCAA in scoring defense, defensive field-goal percentage, blocked shots and steals.
He oversees the successful Ron Hunter Basketball Camps each summer at Georgia State that have seen a significant increase in attendance since he took over.
While at UTEP, Pardue was responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all team travel. He acted as the liaison between the men’s basketball team and the compliance department.
As a graduate assistant for Georgia State, Pardue was responsible for recruiting operations, including the planning and coordination of official visits and the recruiting database. He also assisted with all aspects of the team’s video editing, including postgame film breakdown, opponent scouting and player development. Pardue also helped track student-athlete academic progress and was responsible for planning and directing team camps.
Pardue was the founder and head coach of Grand Strand’s Finest AAU Basketball Program in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Working with players 17 and under, Pardue directed the squad to the semifinals of the South Carolina State Championships during summer 2006 and 2007.
He has also served as a counselor at several colleges’ summer camps, including NC State, Davidson, Northwestern, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, VCU and 5-Star.
A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Pardue attended Carolina Forest High School before spending his junior and senior years at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. Playing for coach Ron Kane, he helped Lawrenceville to the Prep-A state championship as well as the Mid-Atlantic Prep League regular season and tournament title.
He continued his playing career at Emory in Atlanta, Ga. A four-year letterman for coach Jason Zimmerman, Pardue served as team captain his senior year and was an academic all-conference honoree. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2008 and added a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Georgia State in 2010.
Pardue has also played in China during the summer of 2008 as a member of the Athletes in Action squad and coached for the organization in the Philippines in the summer of 2015.