SU Alumnus Enters Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
Dick Purnell ’58 was among 12 people inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.
Purnell came to Susquehanna following a successful athletics career at Ashland High School in Ashland, Pa., from which he graduated in 1954. He earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track and field at Ashland.
Purnell was a quarterback for the Susquehanna football team for four years and served as a co-captain for the 1956 and 1957 seasons. He earned Little All-America honors in 1956, when he accounted for 1,072 total yards, and was an All-State honoree in 1956 and 1957.
In 1958, he quarterbacked the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He returned to Susquehanna in 1989 to serve as an assistant football coach, a position he held until 2002.
Also in the 2008 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame class are Barry Alvarez, Fred Cox, Joe Pisarcik, Pete Vuckovich, Jim Mutscheller, Elaine Sobansky-Blackhurst, Walt Harris, Doug Kotar and Leroy Hennon.
Robert Healy III, director of athletics communications, is a contributing writer to The Scoreboard section.