Greenwood’s Purser steps down as AD/Head Coach

Greenwood’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Rusty Purser has confirmed that he is stepping down from Greenwood ISD to pursue other opportunities.

Purser told Reporter-Telegram on Friday morning that the timing was right for him and his family to make a move and that he will likely remain in coaching. He said if something doesn’t happen soon, he expects to stay with Greenwood until the end of his contract, which runs until the end of the academic year.

“I wanted to give Greenwood ample opportunity to find the right person,” Purser said. “I didn’t want to go to another part of the state and leave them stranded. I owe that to Greenwood. It has been good for me and my family for four years. I enjoyed being back out here and the experiences we had.”

Texas Football’s Dave Campbell’s Matt Stepp was the first to report the move.

Purser graduated from Greenwood High School and his parents were respected high school coaches and educators for many years. His father, Bob, was a longtime athletic director and head football coach, while his mother, Patti, was a longtime coach and teacher. The field at JM King Memorial Stadium is named in their honor.

In four years at Greenwood, Rusty Purser led the Rangers to a 30-16 record and most notably led the team to a 14-1 record in 2019 and a trip to the Class 4A Division II semifinals in his freshman season.

Last season, Greenwood went 5-6 into the two-district round of the Class 4A Division II Playoffs.

His eldest son, Rance, is a senior and was a standout kicker and plays on the baseball team committed to playing both sports at Dodge City Community College. Rance is also in the Rangers record book for hitting a 61-yard field goal last season. His other son, Kyen, is a sophomore who was a promising defensive end of football, making it to the Class 4A reunion at the state track as a discus thrower.

The last two seasons have been challenging for the Purser and Rangers as they struggle with injuries and inconsistent play. Purser said none of that played a role in his decision. He said the future of the program looks bright with the talent and success of the lower classes.

“Now that Rance has graduated and Kyen is where he is now, we wanted to get some of the areas that we were in back, maybe central Texas. That’s part of the motivation behind it,” Purser said of his decision. “I’ve been debating whether we want to stay in Greenwood for another 10 years or move closer to a larger metro area. My wife (Nicole) dropped out of the training and would like to start again.”

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