Kevin Purcell moved to Carpinteria in 1966 and was a three-year Varsity letterman on the Warrior basketball team from 1972-74. Teaming with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Peter Ruiz, the duo led the Warriors to back-to-back Tri-Valley League Championships in 1973 and 1974, two of the most successful seasons in Carpinteria Basketball history.
Purcell led the Warriors and the Tri-Valley League in scoring for the 1972-73 season and was voted Co-Most Valuable Player for the Warriors, along with Ruiz. He was also named TVL Player of the Year that season. The Warriors advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals in 1973, with Purcell picking up All-CIF honors as well as being selected to the All Southern-California High School Basketball Division “A” First Team.
During his senior season, Purcell captained the CHS basketball squad and led the team in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage. He set the school single season scoring record with 474 points and was again voted MVP for the Warriors. Purcell was named to the Tri-Valley League and All-CIF squads and was awarded the honor of Outstanding Basketball Player in Santa Barbara County by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table for the 1973-74 season and was again named to the All Southern-California High School Basketball Division “A” First Team.
In addition to leading the Warriors on the court, Purcell served as Freshman and Sophomore Class President and was ASB President during the 1973-74 school year. He went on to graduate from the University of the Pacific in 1978, having played on the UOP Basketball team for two seasons.
Purcell attended the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and is now a Doctor of Chiropractic in private practice in San Diego. In addition to coaching Ironman triathletes, including more than 40 qualifiers for the Ironman World Championships, Purcell has personally completed in 20 Ironman triathlons. He has been married to his wife Laurie for 27 years and has two children, Kelly and Colleen.