Former Linn-Mar football coach Greg Purnell is asking his former players to gather informally Friday night after his induction into the Linn-Mar athletics hall of fame.
Players and well-wishers can meet Purnell at Happy Joe’s Pizza across from Lindale Mall in northeast Cedar Rapids at 8 p.m. He coached at Linn-Mar from 1981 until 1999, taking 13 teams to the playoffs and five to the state championship game.
The Lions won state titles in 1985, 1989 and 1990.
Purnell now coaches at St. Francis High School in the Chicago suburbs, where he has won an Illinois state championship.