Brian Purcell enters his 30th year as the head coach of the Presbyterian College women's soccer program in 2018. Since he has been in charge, Purcell has posted an overall mark of 264-243-23 since the program's inception in 1989. Purcell is an alumnus of PC (class of ’87).
In 2018 Purcell led the Blue Hose to an 8-8-0 record including wins over Mercer, Wofford, UNC-Asheville, the Citadel, and Campbell. The 2018 Blue Hose Women’s Soccer team was a very young team with 17 out of 24 players on the roster being freshmen or sophomores. Senior Kelsey Yeager (Greenville, SC) was named Second Team All- Big South Conference and Freshman Kori Lawrence (Benson, NC) was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team.
Purcell has guided the team through many changes over the years including the jump from NCAA Division II to Division I in 2007. The Blue Hose finished 6-7-1 that year, beating their future league co-members High Point, Radford and VMI.
PC left the Division II level with six Southern Atlantic Conference championships and two SAC tournament titles and made five trips to the NCAA Division II tournament (1994, '95, '97, '99, and '03). Purcell's 81 conference wins make him the SAC's all-time leader to this day. He also still ranks sixth all-time in Division II with 207 career wins.
Purcell is a seven-time SAC Coach of the Year winner and earned National NSCAA Coach of the Year accolades in 1994 after leading the Blue Hose to a 15-3 record.
The Decatur, Ga. native graduated from Presbyterian College in 1987 where he was a four year letter winner for the PC Men’s Soccer program and was named to the NAIA District 6 All Star game in his senior season. Before accepting the position as head coach of the women's team, Purcell spent one year as an assistant coach under Ralph Polson with PC's men's squad. He holds a USSF "B" coaching license and has been a member of the USYSA Region III Olympic Development staff. Purcell also serves as director of Brian Purcell Girls Soccer Camps.
Purcell resides in Greenwood, SC with his wife the former Kim Mathis (PC ’87) and they have two sons Jay and Will.