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Ray Purpur
Alma Mater: University of North Dakota, BS
Graduating Year: 1987

Ray Purpur came to Stanford University in January, 1994 and serves as the Deputy Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation. He previously was at the University of The Pacific, where he had been an Assistant Athletic Director from 1990-1994 after starting as a graduate assistant in 1987.



In his current position, Purpur oversees Facility Development, Facility Management, Capital Planning & Real Estate. The management of the Stanford Golf Course, the Stanford Campus Recreation Association, and the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center also report directly to Purpur.

On the sports side, he hired the first head coach and was part of the start-up the new varsity sport of Women’s Light Weight Rowing. Purpur has hired 3 current head coaches at Stanford.  Five time National Coach of the Year, Al Acosta, Two time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Craig Amerkanian and National Coach of the Year, Yaz Forooq.



During his time on The Farm, Purpur has managed over $425 million in athletic and campus recreation facility projects. New athletic facilities on the campus include competition and practice sites for track and field, softball, field hockey, soccer, rugby, fencing, swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, squash, golf, sailing and rowing. Major projects have included the Avery Aquatic Center, Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation, Maples Pavilion, Stanford Campus Recreation Association and Stanford Stadium. Recently completed projects have included the renovated Cagan Stadium, the new Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center, new seating and locker rooms for field hockey, a new venue for sand volleyball, and the addition to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. All other athletic and recreational facilities have seen major renovations to keep them modern and up to current standards.



Future projects on the Master Facilities Plan include a Softball Clubhouse, an addition to the Sunken Diamond Clubhouse, a new Fieldhouse at Stanford Stadium, and another addition to Cagan Stadium.  Also underway is a complete study of the existing Stanford Golf Course.

Purpur teaches a 2 credit Stanford class called The Business Practices of Sports and Recreation. 

Active in the community, Purpur is past President of both the San Joaquin American Heart Association and the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Past Chairperson of the San Jose Arena Authority. He is a current board member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, University of the Pacific Athletic Advisory Board, and current President of the Stanford University Faculty Club.


Purpur graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He obtained a master's degree from University of The Pacific in Sports Administration. He and his wife Terrie, are the parents of a daughter, Alicia (born 2000), and a son, Ryan (born 2002), and live on the Stanford Campus.


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