Tommy Pursley | Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Alma Mater: Appalachian State, 1976
Coach Pursley comes to Brevard from Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, North Carolina, where he recently retired after 20 successful seasons as Head Coach.
With Pursley at the helm, NEG averaged over 9 wins a year and made the playoffs for 20 consecutive seasons, currently the third longest streak in the state. The Rams never had a losing season under Pursley.
Northeast advanced in the playoffs 10 of the last 15 years, including two NC State Championship appearances (1997, 2003). The Rams' season was cut one game short of the NC State Championship in 2008.
Pursley recorded 180 wins at NEG, making him the winningest coach in Northeast history. His 226 career wins placed him in the top ten of active coaches in the state of North Carolina at the time of his retirement.
A ten-time Coach of the Year, Pursley has also served as the Defensive Coordinator in the NC-SC Shrine Bowl Game and the NC East-West All-Star Game.
Before Northeast, Coach Pursley was Head Coach at Trinity, Western Alamance, and South Caldwell High Schools and brings with him 37 years of coaching experience, including 33 years as a head coach.
Coach Pursley is a graduate of Appalachian State where he was a defensive back and later a Graduate Assistant. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Greensboro. They have one son, Brock, who is the Associate Head Coach at Brevard.