Brian Brohm is in his first season as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Brohm came to Purdue from Western Kentucky, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2016 season. He helped guide a Hilltopper offense that averaged 45.5 points, 336.8 passing yards and 523.1 total yards per game. WKU won its final eight straight games, including a 58-44 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA championship game and a 51-31 win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl, to finish 11-3 overall. WKU quarterback Mike White completed 280 of 416 passing attempts for 4,363 yards and 37 touchdowns against merely seven interceptions in his lone season under Brohm's mentoring.
Prior to joining WKU's staff, Brohm spent eight seasons playing professionally with the Green Bay Packers (2008-09) and Buffalo Bills (2009-10) in the National Football League, the Las Vegas Locomotives (2011-12) in the United Football League and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2014-15) in the Canadian Football League. He was a second-round pick (56th overall) by the Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Brohm was a three-year starter collegiately at Louisville and still ranks among the top Cardinal quarterbacks in career passing yards (10,755, 2nd), attempts (1,185, 2nd), completions (780, 3rd), completion percentage (65.8, 3rd) and touchdowns (71, 4th).
Brohm guided the 2007 Cardinals to a 12-1 record, including a 31-14 victory over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl, and a No. 6 final ranking in the Associated Press poll. He was named the Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player after completing 24 of 34 passes for 311 yards against the Demon Deacons. His 30 touchdown passes that season are tied for second in school history with 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, one behind Minnesota Vikings' 2014 first-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater. Brohm posted a school-record 45 completions and 65 attempts against Syracuse that season, and his 555 yards passing against the Orangemen ranks second all-time.
In high school, Brohm led Louisville Trinity to a trio of KHSAA 4A state titles (2001, 2002 and 2003) and was named the MVP of all three championship games, including a 555-yard, seven-touchdown performance in the 2002 title game. He was named the 2003 Kentucky's Mr. Football, USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year and Gatorade Player of the Year.
Brohm (born Sept. 23, 1985) graduated from Louisville in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Weston.
Specials Teams Coordinator/Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Tony Levine is in his first season as the special teams coordinator, co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Levine came to West Lafayette after spending the 2016 season as Western Kentucky's special teams coordinator and co-offensive coordinator. Along with helping lead the potent Hilltopper offense, he oversaw top five nationally ranked kickoff and punt return teams, which averaged 28.6 and 17.9 yards per return, respectively. Individual standouts included junior Nacarius Fant, who scored on a pair of punt returns and averaged 15.6 yards per return, which would have ranked among the top five in the Football Bowl Subdivision had he qualified with enough returns, and junior kickoff returner Kylen Towner, who returned 26 kicks for 1,048 yards which averaged a NCAA-record 40.3 yards per return, and a touchdown.
Prior to WKU, Levine was at Houston for seven seasons as head coach (2011-14), assistant head coach (2010-11), special teams coordinator (2008-11) and inside receivers and tight ends coach (2008-11).
Elevated to interim head coach when former Purdue linebacker Kevin Sumlin departed for Texas A&M following the 2011 regular season, Levine was named full-time head coach 11 days prior to 2012 Ticket City Bowl. During his three-year tenure, he guided the Cougars to a 21-17 record and back-to-back bowl berths, the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl and the 2014 Armed Services Bowl. Levine won his first game as a collegiate head coach with a 30-14 victory over No. 22 Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl. That contest included a Cotton Bowl Stadium-record 532 yards passing against the then-No. 4 defense in the country. He guided Houston in its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference in 2013, finishing with eight wins for the 16th time in school history.
Houston averaged 441 yards of total offense per game, including 285 passing yards, under Levine as head coach and was the only FBS team in the nation to have underclassmen as the team's leading passer, rusher and receiver in 2013. Quarterback John O'Korn, a true freshman, was named the AAC Rookie of the Year and a third team freshman All-American after throwing for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry led the AAC with 1,202 yards receiving and was second in the conference and 10th nationally with 11 touchdowns.
Houston's defense also improved under Levine, leading the nation in turnover margin (+25) and turnovers forced (43) in 2013. Sophomore Trevon Stewart led the nation in turnovers with a FBS-best six fumble recoveries and four interceptions, while classmate Adrian McDonald led the AAC with six interceptions. The Cougars improved their scoring defense in three consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2014, including the third-best improvement in the NCAA from 2012 to 2013, from 36.0 to 21.8, a drop of 14.2 points per game. The 2014 Cougars ranked 15th in scoring defense (20.6) and 20th in total defense (343.4 yards per game).
Under Levine's direction, both as head coach and an assistant, his special teams units blocked 20 kicks, returned nine kickoffs for touchdowns, including a NCAA-record-tying five in 2009, and forced seven turnovers. Led by AAC co-Special Teams Player of the Year and first team All-AAC selection Demarcus Ayers, the Cougars finished fifth nationally in kick return average (25.3) in 2013. Individually, Ayers was 12th nationally and the AAC leader with a 27.6-yard average. His 1,021 return yards set a Houston freshman record and were second on the school season list. Punter Richie Leone was a first team All-Conference USA selection in 2012, a second team FWAA All-American in 2013 and a three-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. Leone set the Houston career record with 54 punts of more than 50 yards and is the only punter in school history to earn All-America honors. In 2011, Houston returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, including Tyron Carrier's seventh career return for a score (tying an NCAA record), and two punt return scores.
Houston's receivers and tight ends also flourished under Levine. In 2008, tight end Mark Hafner earned second team All-Conference USA honors with 86 receptions for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns. The following season, inside receiver James Cleveland finished with 104 receptions for 1,214 yards, while Tyron Carrier hauled in 91 receptions for 1,029 yards. Carrier finished his career as Conference USA's career leader in both receptions (320) and receiving yards (3,493). Other standouts included Justin Johnson's 87-reception, 1,229-yard season in 2011 and Fendi Onobun, a basketball transfer from Arizona who had never played football, being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2010 National Football League Draft. Onobun tied the NCAA record with two blocked PATs against Southern Miss in 2010.
Prior to Houston, Levine spent two seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2006-07) in the NFL as an assistant specials teams and strength and conditioning coach. The Panthers led the NFC in net punting in 2006 (38.8), with punter John Baker's net average of 39.0 establishing a franchise record. Baker placed 31 of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, best in the NFC, while his 45.7 yard gross average was second. Kicker John Kasay finished the 2006 season 24 of 27 on field goal attempts, including a perfect 20 for 20 on kicks up to 49 yards long. Kasay was 24 of 28 on field goals in 2007, including a 54-yard make that tied for the third-longest of his career.
Levine also has spent time as a receivers and tight ends coach at Texas State (1997-99), offensive graduate assistant at Auburn (2000-01), special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Louisiana Tech (2002) and director of football operations (2003) and special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Louisville (2004-05).
Highlights from his time as a coach at Louisville include a 20-4 overall record, an 11-3 conference record, back-to-back top 20 national rankings (No. 6 in 2004 and No. 19 in 2005) and the 2004 Conference USA championship. His special teams units blocked seven kicks, returned three punts for touchdowns and kicker Art Carmody made an NCAA-record 77 consecutive extra points in 2004. Carmody would go on to win the 2006 Lou Groza Award, the year after Levine departed for the Panthers.
At Louisiana Tech, kicker Josh Scobee earned second team All-Western Athletic Conference honors under Levine's direction. The Bulldogs averaged 417.9 yards of total offense, 19th in the country, and 302.8 passing yards, 10th nationally.
A walkon wide receiver at Minnesota, Levine earned three letters for the Golden Gophers and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He had nine receptions for 116 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, in a game against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Oct. 8, 1994.
Levine got his start in coaching at Highland Park Senior High School, his alma mater, in 1996.
A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Levine (born Oct. 28, 1972) earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on sports management from Minnesota in 1996, a master's degree in physical education from Texas State in 1999 and an educational specialist degree in adult education from Auburn in 2003. He and his wife, Erin, have three sons - Ben, Asher and Eli - and a daughter, Willa.
Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
JaMarcus Shephard is in his first season as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He was hired Dec. 8, 2016.
Shephard comes to the Boilermakers after spending the 2016 season at Washington State following the previous five years at Western Kentucky.
In his lone season at Washington State, where Shephard served as the inside receivers coach, he had senior slot receiver River Cracraft en route to a career year before a torn ACL ended his campaign. Cracraft finished his final collegiate season with 53 receptions for 701 yards (13.2 average) and five touchdowns in 10 games. Washington State averaged 370.8 yards passing per game during the regular season.
Shephard joined the Western Kentucky staff in 2011 as a defensive analyst and volunteer assistant, a position he held for two seasons. He was moved to offensive analyst by then-head coach Bobby Petrino in 2013 before being hired full time as the Hilltoppers' receivers coach by Brohm in 2014. In the two seasons under Shephard's guide, Hilltopper receivers amassed 553 receptions and 86 touchdowns. The offense averaged 374.3 yards through the air in 2014 and 372.2 yards in 2015.
Individual standouts under Shephard at WKU included Taywan Taylor, who finished the 2015 season ranked 10th nationally with 104.8 receiving yards per game. Taylor's 17 touchdowns were second among FBS players, while his 1,467 yards receiving ranked third and his 86 receptions 20th. All three marks are school records. Jared Dangerfield, who broke the previous school record for receptions with 69 in 2014, and Taylor were All-Conference USA selections.
Shephard got his start in football coaching in the Indiana high school ranks, serving as an assistant at his alma mater, Fort Wayne Northrop, in 2005 before moving to Broad Ripple in Indianapolis in 2006. He served as a volunteer assistant with the DePauw track & field program in 2007, working with the long jumpers and sprinters.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Shephard was a four-year football letterwinner at DePauw from 2001 to 2004. He was a two-time All-American and still holds the school record for career kickoff return yards (1,430), while ranking fifth in receptions (168), sixth in receiving yards (2,382) and tied for 18th in scoring (122). As a senior, Shephard caught 47 balls for 815 yards (17.3 average) and seven touchdowns. He played in the 2005 Hula Bowl (one of just two NCAA Division III participants) and the 2004 Aztec Bowl. Shephard served as captain for both the football and track & field teams his senior year.
Shephard served as an intern with the Philadelphia Eagles during his senior year at DePauw. He worked in the NCAA Education Services Division in 2006 and 2007 and with the National Center for Drug-Free Sport in Kansas City, Missouri, from 2007 to 2011.
Shephard (born May 30, 1983) earned his bachelor's degree in sports medicine from DePauw in 2005 and his master's degree in recreation and sport administration from Western Kentucky in 2013. He and his wife, Hallie, have a son, Jaylan, and a daughter, Alana.
Chris Barclay is in his first season as the running backs coach. He was hired Jan. 13, 2017.
Barclay joined the Boilermakers after spending the 2016 season as running backs coach at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers won the Conference USA championship and the Boca Raton Bowl.
Under Barclay's guidance, senior Anthony Wales was named second team All-Conference USA, the C-USA championship game Most Valuable Player and the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl Offensive MVP. Wales rushed for 1,621 yards on 237 attempts (6.8 average) and a school-record 27 touchdowns. Wales' touchdown total led the nation, while his yardage total ranked eighth among Football Bowl Subdivision players. Wales finished the season ranked 13th in the FBS in all-purposes yards with 1,944. In addition to Wales' outstanding season, true freshman Quinton Baker rushed for 542 yards and four touchdowns on 92 carries (5.9 average) en route to being named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Prior to Western Kentucky, Barclay spent two seasons (2014-15) as the running backs coach at Marshall. In 2014, Barclay led Devon Johnson to 1,767 yards rushing on 206 attempts (8.6 average) and 17 touchdowns. Johnson was a 2014 Doak Walker Award semifinalist, finishing the season sixth in the nation in rushing yards and 13th in rushing touchdowns in his first seasons as a running back after transitioning from tight end. As a team, the Thundering Herd led the conference in rushing (271.9), rushing touchdowns (40) and yards per carry (6.8) in 2014.
Marshall's return units thrived under Barclay, finishing fifth nationally in kickoff return average in 2015 (27.6) and 10th in 2014 (24.6). The Herd finished second in punt return average in C-USA in 2015 (10.5).
Marshall won the 2014 C-USA championship, 2014 Boca Raton Bowl and 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl with Barclay on staff.
Barclay spent two seasons (2012-14) as running backs coach at William & Mary, where he guided Mikal Abdul-Saboor to third team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Barclay got his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in 2011.
The Demon Deacons' all-time leading rushing and scorer (non-kicker) with 4,032 yards, 40 touchdowns and 240 points, Barclay is the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to lead the league in rushing three consecutive seasons, finishing with 1,192 yards in 2003, 1,010 in 2004 and 1,127 in 2005. He was twice named first team All-ACC and the 2005 ACC Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Wake Forest Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Barclay scored three touchdowns in a game against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 21, 2002.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns, Barclay played in the National Football League for three seasons with the Browns (2006-07), Tennessee Titans (2007), New Orleans Saints (2007) and Atlanta Falcons (2008). He also played with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe in 2007 and the New York Sentinels in the United States Football League in 2009.
Barclay (born Oct. 15, 1983) graduated from Wake Forest in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He and his wife, Ashlee, have one child, Houstyn.
Offensive Line Coach
Dale Williams is in his first season as the offensive line coach. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Williams came to Purdue after spending the 2016 season as the offensive line coach at Western Kentucky. He has previous coaching experience at Florida Atlantic, Findlay, Gardner-Webb, North Greenville College and West Virginia.
At WKU in 2016, Williams' line helped protect a proficient Hilltopper offense that averaged 45.5 points, 336.8 passing yards and 523.1 total yards per game. WKU's line allowed merely 22 sacks on 471 passing attempts (one every 21.4 attempts). Senior left tackle Forrest Lamp, a two-time first team All-Conference USA selection, was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press. Classmate Max Halpin joined Lamp with first team all-conference honors, while fellow senior Darrell Williams earned second team recognition.
At FAU, the Owls won the 2007 Sun Belt championship, 2007 New Orleans Bowl (the school's first-ever bowl appearance) and 2008 Motor City Bowl. FAU ranked 15th in the nation in total offense in 2009, averaging 432.1 yards per game. Williams' line protected 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year Rusty Smith and paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons by Charles Pierre (1,009 in 2008) and Alfred Morris (1,392 in 2009). FAU finished 13th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed in 2007 and 17th in 2008. Three of Williams' offensive linemen - John Rizzo, Jarrid Smith and David Matlock - went on to earn All-Sun Belt accolades.
At Findlay, where he was the offensive coordinator and line coach from 2002 to 2004 and recruiting coordinator from 2000 to 2004, Williams directed an offense that finished 11th in the nation among Division II schools in rushing in 2004 (246 yards per game) and 18th in rushing (219) and 29th in total offense (405) in 2002. The 2002 team went 9-2, was ranked No. 25 in the country and allowed merely 15 sacks. Williams' line blocked for running back Robert Campbell, who rushed for 1,564 yards. Brad Dunlap earned first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in 2002. Three of Williams' players earned second team All-GLIAC recognition: Ken Meibers in 2001, Phil Gunder in 2003 and Mike Patrick in 2004.
A three-year letterwinner and a member of West Virginia's 1994 Sugar Bowl team, Williams was a two-year starter on the offensive line for the Mountaineers. He went on to get his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant at West Virginia.
Williams graduated from West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1994 and earned a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia in 1996.
A native of Cleveland, Williams (born Dec. 4, 1970) and his wife, Wendi, have two children, Nicole and Dominick.
Offensive Graduate Assistant
JMichael Jonard is in his second season as an offensive graduate assistant. He joined the Boilermakers after two years as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan.
Previous to his work with the Chippewas, Jonard was a graduate assistant (2011-12) and wide receivers coach (2013) at Northwood University. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Northwood in 2013.
A 2009 graduate in sports management at Dayton, Jonard was a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver for the Flyers. He finished his collegiate playing career ranked sixth in career receptions while owning the school record for most catches in a season. Dayton won the Pioneer Football League championship in 2007 and 2008, and he was part of the team that won the 2007 FCS Mid-Major National Championship. Jonard was named All-Pioneer League in 2009 and twice earned academic honor roll recognition.
Offensive Graduate Assistant
Former Purdue player Justin Sinz is in his season season as an offensive graduate assistant.
Sinz was a four-year letterwinner with the Boilermakers from 2011 to 2014. Appearing in 48 games at tight end with 20 starts, he finished his career with 80 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns. He was voted a captain by his teammates prior to his senior season.
A native of Edgar, Wisconsin, Sinz earned his bachelor's degree in selling and sales management from Purdue in 2014. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in the spring of 2015.