“It is my belief that the ideal college environment is one in which a strong academic curriculum is demanded and is balanced by a highly competitive and rewarding athletic experience.”
Coach Jim Purtill is a football coaching veteran who has experienced a wide range of experiences at all levels of the collegiate game. He has enjoyed most of his career coaching in the Midwestern and Eastern parts of the country.
Coaching influences: Names such as Don James, Lavell Edwards, Maxie Baughan, Joe Paterno, Bo Schembechler and Gary Pinkel have had either a direct or indirect influence on his coaching philosophy. That tutelage has resulted into huge successes as both a collegiate assistant and head coach, the latter being a role in which he has served for 16 seasons.
Coach Purtill was born, raised and educated in the state of Ohio. He graduated from Miami University, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He received his Master’s Degree from Salem College, WV.
Miami is known nationally as the “Cradle of Coaches,” where legendary coaches such as Paul Brown, “Red” Earl Blaik, Woody Hayes, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gilman, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler and Jim Tressel got their early starts in the profession. Current NFL Head Coaches John Harbaugh and Sean McVay are also “Cradle” members.
Regular Season Success
-During the 25 year period from 1992-2016 – coached teams to a 210-32-2 record.
-Coached teams to 18 Conference Championships (From 1992 to 2015)
Post Season Success
-Has coached teams to 17 NCAA National Playoffs Appearances (From 1992 to 2016)
-Highlighted by coaching UW-Oshkosh in the 2016 Stagg Bowl, the DIII National Championship Game.
Offensive Coordinator Success
-Selected as the 1996 National Offensive Coordinator of the Year (Albion College).
-Over a 21 year period, the offensive units at Albion, St. Norbert and UW-Oshkosh averaged 36 ppg.
-Eight - The number of Conference Offensive Player of the Year selections.
Head Coaching Success
-Winningest coach in St. Norbert College history – 130-30 record.
-2009 – Inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
-As of 2013, posted five Midwest Conference career coaching records.
-As of 2016, ranked #50 on the list of Winningest Coaches in college football history (DI, DII & DIII).
-Brigham Young University, University of Washington, Kent State University, University of Buffalo
-University of Toledo – Toledo, OH: Assistant DB/WR Coach
-Salem College – Salem, WV: Defensive Back Coach – Head Coach
-Cornell University - Ithaca, NY: Freshmen - DB Coach/Offensive Coordinator
-Ferris State University – Big Rapids, MI: Offensive Line Coach
-Albion College – Albion, MI: OL/Offensive Coordinator
-St. Norbert College – DePere, WI: Head Football Coach (OL/OC)
-UW-Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WI: QB/Pass Game Coordinator
-Davenport University – Grand Rapids, MI: QB/Offensive Coordinator
-WESLEY COLLEGE – Dover, DE: Offensive Coordinator