Brock Pursley is in his third season and his second as quarterbacks coach after spending year one with the receivers.
Pursley coached TraShaun Ward to one of the most productive seasons by a receiver in Carson-Newman history. The All-SAC selection finished the year with the eighth most receiving yards in Carson-Newman history (877) and the second most in the Sparks era. His 45 catches rank sixth all-time and are also a Sparks era record. Ward had a 200-yard receiving day against Valdosta State - the first such performance in more than 13,000 days for the Eagles.
In 2014, at Clark Atlanta University, Pursley's offense ranked in the top 25 in the nation in rushing yards per game, while starting 8 true freshmen and 3 sophomores. The offense was also ranked in the top 5 in every rushing category in CAU history, as well as, 1st all-time in completion percentage, 3rd in passing efficiency and fewest interceptions thrown, and 6th in total yards per game.
During Pursley’s tenure of coaching running backs at Brevard College, from 2009-2013, the offense was ranked 6th in the nation in rushing yards per game. During that time, Pursley coached one SAC Freshman of the year, three All-Americans, and seven All-Region Players. Pursley’s first season at Brevard saw the Tornados garner the biggest win turnaround in all divisions of college football, going from one win to seven. That season also saw Brevard going from a national ranking of 68th in rushing offense to 12th. Pursley also signed Jacksonville, FL native, Marcus Lunsford, the only player in BC history to get invited to an NFL camp, playing for the Washington Redskins.
Prior to Brevard, Pursley was at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he served as a student-assistant under head coaches Butch Davis and John Bunting, offensive coordinator John Shoop, defensive coordinator and current Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, Chuck Pagano, and current Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator, James Bettcher. While at UNC, Pursley created motivation videos within the program, worked with the defense on game days, and worked with the offense during summer camps. Pursley was also a member of the nationally ranked men's fencing team while at UNC.
Prior to going to UNC, Pursley attended Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, N.C., where he was a quarterback and captain. In 2003, NEGHS was crowned Eastern NC State Champions. Pursley broke records at NEGHS for highest completion percentage, yards per completion, and lowest TD:INT ratio. He is also one of three quarterbacks at NEGHS to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Pursley was also named the NEGHS Male Athlete of the Year in 2005.
Pursley is the son of Tommy and Lisa Pursley, both graduates and student-athletes of Appalachian State. He is married to the former Stephanie Rice of Brevard, N.C. The two have a daughter, Brynn, born 11/11/15.