Partnership with Wolfpack Sports Properties Includes Caterpillar Scholar Athlete Program, Recognizing the Brightest Student-Athletes at NC State University
PGA Tour players Tim Clark and Garth Mulroy highlight a field of more than 50 former men's and women's golfers at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Bobby Purcell is in his 23rd year at NC State and his 17th year with the Student Aid Association. He is in his 11th year as Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club. During his tenure as Executive Director, Purcell has overseen the successful completion of the $45.2 million Wolfpack Pride Campaign, and has led the Wolfpack Club to consistent nationally ranked fundraising results both in amount of money raised and number of donors annually.
In May 2007, Purcell was named University Division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).
Currently, Purcell is leading the new $50 million Goal Line Drive Campaign for the expansion of Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack Club is overseeing Phase 1 of the construction project. In addition to his Wolfpack Club responsibilities, Mr. Purcell serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors, the ACC 50th Anniversary Committee, and is Chair of the ACC Development Directors.
A native of Clinton, N.C., Purcell has served in a number of capacities within the NC State athletics program. He was originally hired in 1981 as a part-time assistant football coach, coaching running backs, special teams and the defensive scout team. He also served as academic coordinator for the football program under Kiffin. From 1983-87, Purcell served recruiting coordinator, where he gained recognition as one of the ACCs top recruiters. Among his signees was Erik Kramer, the 1986 ACC Player of the Year.
Purcell became Assistant Director of the Wolfpack Club in July 1987, and coordinated fund-raising efforts in 49 North Carolina counties and various out-of-state areas for four years. He also directed the Wolfpack Courtesy Car Program and oversaw the management of the Stroud Wolfpack Center.
Purcell attended NC State and the University of North Carolina, earning his B.S. degree in business administration from UNC in 1977. Following two years with the Whirlpool Corporation, Purcell returned to school and received a master's degree in sports management from the University of Georgia. During his tenure in Athens, he worked as a volunteer graduate assistant football coach and later served as an intern in the front office of the NFLs Atlanta Falcons.
Purcell is married to the former Lori Williams and they have a son and a daughter, John (12) and Paige (10).