Ken Pettus has served the cause of Furman University athletics in a number of roles covering four stints that span over 40 years, his latest tenure beginning in 2001 when he returned to campus as director of the Paladin Club.
His current duties include supervising Furman’s baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf programs, and assisting athletics director Gary Clark with special in-house fund-raising projects while also serving as the liaison to the development office for athletic fund-raising.
Prior to returning to Furman, Pettus served three years as director of development of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University.
Pettus first came to Furman in 1973 as a graduate assistant football coach. He later served as linebackers coach and
special teams’ coordinator in the Paladin football program from 1978-80, helping Furman capture three Southern
Conference championships. Following a three-year tenure as head coach at Dunwoody (Ga.) High School, he returned to Furman in 1984 as linebackers coach and was a member of the Paladins’ program that posted a 12-2 record, won the SoCon championship, and finished as NCAA I-AA national runner-up in 1985.
He left Furman for N.C. State in 1986, where he served as an assistant coach on the Wolfpack staff for nine seasons,
including the last three as defensive coordinator.
A Greenville native, Pettus was an All-America football player at Newberry (S.C.) College, where he graduated with a
bachelor of arts degree in history in 1973. He earned a master’s degree in education from Furman in 1978.
He is married to former Furman softball coach Bonnie Flynn.