Jack Purtell, a three-sport great at Ashland College, passed away at 91, leaving a lasting legacy in football, basketball, and baseball at the institution.

By the Numbers
  • Purtell scored 1,060 career points in basketball and holds the record for 20 made free throws in a game in 1955.
  • In baseball, he had a .403 career batting average, 17 triples, and set records like four doubles in a game.
Yes, But

Purtell's athletic achievements were interrupted by military service in 1956, showcasing his commitment and versatility beyond sports.

State of Play
  • Purtell's funeral services will be held on April 5 with full military honors.
  • He was actively involved in supporting Ashland University athletics post his playing career.
What's Next

The legacy of Jack Purtell will continue through memorial contributions to Ashland University Athletics, the Ashland Y.M.C.A., and Brethren Care Village.

Bottom Line

Jack Purtell's passing marks the end of an era for Ashland College athletics, but his impact and support will be remembered and honored for years to come.