Ruffin McNeill currently serves as the special assistant to the head coach at NC State. McNeill spent the past four decades coaching all over the country, including a head coach position at ECU from 2010 to 2015. In 2013, the team posted the second-most wins in school history.
Prior to this, he served as the assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach at the University of Oklahoma. He also worked as assistant head coach and defensive line coach at the University of Virginia. McNeill served as the interim head coach to the Texas Tech Raider, following stints as the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and linebackers coach. During this time, he led the team to a victory in the 2010 Alamo Bowl. On the defensive side of the ball, McNeill improved Tech to first in pass and total defense and fourth in scoring defense in the Big 12.
A four-year letterwinner at ECU (1976-80), McNeill was a three-year starter and two-time team captain under legendary head coach Pat Dye. He helped lead ECU to the Southern Conference Championship in 1976 and an Independence Bowl berth in 1978.He graduated from ECU in 1980 after majoring in education with a focus in special education. He later earned his master’s degree in secondary counseling from Clemson.McNeill and his wife, Erlene, have two daughters and a granddaughter. Renata McNeill Petrekin resides in Coral Springs, Fla., with her daughter Isabella, while Olivia McNeill is a social justice educator at Brown University in Providence, R.I.