Brian Brohm is in his third season as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
In his second season with the Boilermakers, Brohm mentored David Blough to his finest season as the Purdue signal caller. Blough completed 305 of 462 passing attempts for 3,705 yards and 25 touchdowns in the 2018. Blough’s completion percentage of .660 was the highest in a season in Purdue history, while his passing yards and touchdown totals ranked fifth. As co-offensive coordinator, Brohm helped guide Purdue an average of 443.9 total yards per game, the sixth-highest average in school history.
Brohm, part of a two-quarterback system himself in college, coached Blough and Elijah Sindelar to a combined 3,202 passing yards and 27 touchdowns in his first season at Purdue. The Boilermaker signal-callers completed nearly 60 percent of their passes while cutting their interceptions from 25 in to 2016 to just 11 in 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. Western Kentucky won its final eight 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.
Prior to joining the Western Kentucky staff, Brohm played professionally for eight seasons 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 the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2014-15) in the Canadian Football League. He was a second-round pick (No. 56 overall) by the Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Brohm played collegiately at Louisville from 2004 to 2007, and he still ranks among the Cardinals’ career leaders in passing yards (second, 10,775), passing attempts (second, 1,185), completions (third, 780), completion percentage (third, .658), total offense (third, 10,819) and touchdown passes (fourth, 71).
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 national ranking in the Associated Press final 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. Brohm set school records with 45 completions and 65 passing attempts against Syracuse on Sept. 22, 2007, while his 555 passing yards against the Orangemen rank second all-time.
Brohm led Louisville Trinity High School to three Kentucky Class 4A state championships (2001, 2002 and 2003) and was named MVP of all three title games, including a 555-yard, seven-touchdown performance in the 2002 contest. In 2003, he was named 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, and a daughter, Stella.
Mark Tommerdahl is in his second season working with special teams and the tight ends. He was hired Feb. 24, 2018.
Tommerdahl’s first season at Purdue saw tight ends Brycen Hopkins and Cole Herdman team up for 52 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins, who led the team with an average of 17.1 yards per reception, was named honorable mention All-Big Ten. On special teams, senior kicker Spencer Evans connected on 78.3 percent of his field goal attempts (18 of 23), while freshman Rondale Moore’s 744 combined kick return yards helped lead him to winning the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player.
Tommerdahl joined the Boilermakers after spending the 2017 season at Utah State as the Aggies’ special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Utah State went 6-6 in the regular season and played in the Arizona Bowl. The Aggies averaged 171.4 yards rushing per game.
A veteran of 34 years of collegiate coaching, including 23 as a special teams coordinator, Tommerdahl has coached in 15 bowl games and been a part of six conference championships over the course of his career.
Prior to Utah State, Tommerdahl spent four seasons at California (2013-16) as special teams coordinator, while also serving as assistant head coach (2015-16), tight ends coach (2014), fullbacks coach (2014) and inside receivers coach (2013).
The Golden Bears led the Pac-12 and ranked 14th nationally in kickoff return defense in 2016, limiting the opposition to merely 18.0 yards per return. That same season, kicker Matt Anderson broke the school record with 117 points, equaled the school record with 22 field goals and tied the school record with five goals in a game against UCLA.
Cal went 8-5 in 2015 and played in the Armed Forces Bowl. The postseason appearance was the Golden Bears’ first since 2011, and the 55-36 victory over Air Force was Cal’s first bowl win since 2008. Tommerdahl’s special teams blocked three punts and allowed six punt returns for 62 yards for the season.
Under Tommerdahl’s guide, Cal’s Trevor Davis became the 20th player in FBS history and the third in the Pac-12 to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game with consecutive returns of 100 and 98 yards at Washington State in 2014. Davis averaged a school-record 32.6 yards per kick return that season, ranking second in the nation.
Tommerdahl spent four seasons at Louisiana Tech (2009-12) as special teams coordinator and inside receivers coach. The Bulldogs won the WAC title in 2011 and went to the Poinsettia Bowl.
Punter Ryan Allen became the first player to win the Ray Guy Award in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 and just the second two-time recipient. Allen, who currently plays for the New England Patriots, was named a unanimous All-American in 2012 after leading the nation with a 48.0-yard punting average.
In 2009, Tommerdahl coached tight end Dennis Morris to All-America honors after he finished the season with 38 catches for 623 yards receiving and 12 touchdown catches, the most by any tight end in the nation that season.
Bulldog wide receiver Phillip Livas, who played his final two seasons under Tommerdahl, tied the NCAA record with eight career touchdown returns – four on punts and four on kickoffs.
In 2008, Tommerdahl served as Louisiana Monroe’s assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Before that, he spent five years (2003-07) as Texas A&M’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. The Aggies appeared in three bowls, including the 2005 Cotton Bowl.
Tommerdahl’s special teams units at Texas A&M were among the nation’s best, ranking in the top 25 in the nation in net punting in 2006 (37.0, 25th) and 2007 (39.2, 5th), and in kickoff returns in 2003 (23.9, 10th), 2006 (26.1, 3rd) and 2007 (23.5, 20th).
Martellus Bennett, who was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played 10 seasons in the league, finished his career at Texas A&M as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (105) and receiving yards (1,246) among tight ends.
Tommerdahl spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons at Alabama, serving as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. The Crimson Tide finished the 2002 season ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll after winning the Southeastern Conference West Division. In 2001, the Tide won the Independence Bowl.
Tommerdahl also has served as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at TCU (1998-2000), New Mexico (1997) and Minnesota (1995-96). In his two seasons with the Golden Gophers, he also served as recruiting coordinator. The Horned Frogs won WAC titles in 1999 and 2000, while also winning the 1998 Sun Bowl and 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl and appearing the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl. The Lobos went 9-3 and appeared in the Insight.com Bowl in Tommerdahl’s lone season at New Mexico.???????
Tommerdahl began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 1984. After two seasons in that role, he spent nine more seasons on the staff, serving as recruiting coordinator (1986-89), tight ends coach (1987-90) offensive coordinator (1990) and backfield coach (1991-94). Wyoming won WAC titles in 1987, 1988 and 1993 and played in the Holiday Bowl in 1987 and 1988 and the Copper Bowl in 1990 and 1993.
A native of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Tommerdahl (born Feb. 20, 1961) earned a bachelor’s degree in business and physical education from Concordia College in Minnesota in 1982. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in marketing from Wyoming in 1986.
Tommerdahl’s wife, Annette, holds a Ph.D in counseling education with an emphasis in university administration.
JaMarcus Shephard is in his second season as co-offensive coordinator and third as wide receivers coach. He was hired Dec. 8, 2016.
Shephard’s second season at Purdue saw the emergence of true freshman Rondale Moore as a national phenomenon, and marked improvement of the wide receiver position group as a whole. Moore, who was named the Big Ten Wide Receiver and Freshman of the Year, led the nation with 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. Moore, the recipient of the 2018 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player and the first true freshman consensus All-American in Big Ten history, broke school records for all-purpose yards in a game (313 vs. Northwestern) and season (2,215). Seniors Isaac Zico and Terry Wright, both junior college transfers, thrived under Shephard’s guide in 2018, finishing with a combined 74 receptions for 1,211 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his first year at Purdue, Shephard’s wide receivers came through when the Boilermakers needed them the most – late in the season. Anthony Mahoungou wrapped his collegiate career on a tear, finishing the final four games with 18 receptions for 366 yards and six touchdowns. Mahoungou caught the game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:44 remaining in the Foster Farms Bowl against Arizona. Gregory Phillips set the Purdue bowl game record with 14 receptions, while his 149 receiving yards rank third and his two touchdown receptions are tied for the most by a Boilermaker in the postseason.
Shephard came 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 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 and five touchdowns in 10 games. Washington State averaged 370.8 passing yards 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 in 2013 before being hired full time as the Hilltoppers’ receivers coach by current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm in 2014. In the two seasons under Shephard’s guide, Hilltopper receivers amassed 553 receptions and 86 touchdowns. The offense averaged 374.3 passing yards per game in 2014 and 372.2 yards in 2015.
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 passes 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 third season as running backs coach. He was hired Jan. 13, 2017.
Barclay’s second season at Purdue saw seniors D.J. Knox and Markell Jones team up to rush for 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns. Knox led the charge with 157 carries for 883 yards and eight scores, while Jones’ effort against Indiana in the Old Oaken Bucket game, including a 32-yard touchdown run, helped propel the Boilermakers to a season straight bowl appearance.
Barclay’s inaugural season with the Boilermakers saw his position group hit hard by injury. Despite a weekly rotation of healthy rushers, the running backs averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 151.4 yards per game on the ground. Against Indiana, Jones rushed for 217 yards on 31 carries. The yardage total against the Hoosiers was the seventh-most in school history. Jones’ late surge allowed him to lead Purdue with 566 yards for the season, while three other backs gained 250 or more yards on the ground for the year.
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, Anthony Wales was named the Conference USA Championship Game Most Valuable Player and the 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 FBS players. Wales finished the season ranked 13th in the FBS in all-purposes yards with 1,944.
Prior to Western Kentucky, Barclay spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as 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 yards per game (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 yards) and 10th in 2014 (24.6). The Herd finished second in punt return average in Conference USA in 2015 (10.5).
Marshall won the 2014 Conference USA championship, 2014 Boca Raton Bowl and 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl with Barclay on staff.
Previously, Barclay spent two seasons (2012-14) as running backs coach at William & Mary. He 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 was 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 twice was named first-team All-ACC and was 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 two daughters, Houstyn and Harrisyn.
Offensive Line Coach
Dale Williams is in his third season as offensive line coach. He was hired Jan. 2, 2017.
Williams’ second line at Purdue paved the way for an offense that averaged 443.9 yards per game in 2018, the sixth-highest average in school history. Senior center Kirk Barron junior tackle Matt McCann were named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Williams’ first line at Purdue blocked for an offense that averaged 403.1 yards of total offense per game in 2017. The line protected a passing attack that averaged 251.5 yards per game and opened holes for a rushing attack that averaged 151.5 yards per contest. Center Barron and tackle David Steinmetz were named honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Williams came to Purdue after spending the 2016 season as the offensive line coach at Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers averaged 45.5 points, 336.8 passing yards and 523.1 total yards per game. Williams’ line allowed merely 22 sacks on 471 passing attempts (one every 21.4 attempts). Offensive tackle Forrest Lamp, a two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, was named a third-team All-American. Center Max Halpin also earned first-team all-conference honors.
Previously, Williams coached at Florida Atlantic, Findlay, Gardner-Webb, North Greenville College and West Virginia.
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 – David Matlock John Rizzo and Jarrid Smith – earned 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.
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 subsequently got his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant with the Mountaineers.
A native of Cleveland, Williams (born Dec. 4, 1970) earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1994 and a master’s degree in athletic coaching in 1996. He and his wife, Wendi, have two children, Nicole and Dominick.
JMichael Jonard is in his second season as offensive quality control after spending two years as a graduate assistant.
Jonard came to the Boilermakers after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan. Previously, 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 days 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.
Ryan Wallace is in his third season as offensive/special teams quality control. He was hired June. 1, 2017.
Wallace came to Purdue after spending the 2016 season as tight ends coach at Austin Peay. The Governors finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing and broke the school game record for total offense multiple times. According to 24/7 Sports, Austin Peay signed the No.1 recruiting class in FCS with Wallace on staff.
Prior to Austin Peay, Wallace spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky, where he worked directly with the tight ends under current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm in 2014 and 2015 and with the offensive line in 2013. In 2015, the Hilltoppers won the Conference USA Championship Game and Miami Beach Bowl and finished 24th in the final Associated Press poll. Western Kentucky finished that season first in the nation in passing touchdowns, fifth in passing yards and scoring offense, and eighth in total offense. The season prior, the Hilltoppers broke 47 offensive school records, finished first in the country in passing touchdowns, second in passing yards, fourth in total offense and sixth in scoring offense. Tight ends Mitchell Henry and Tyler Higbee earned all-conference honors in 2014 under Wallace’s guide, with Higbee going on to be selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams in 2015.
Wallace played two seasons of tight end at Western Kentucky (2011-12) and one year as an offensive tackle at Kentucky (2010). He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (2013) and a master’s degree in sports administration (2015), both from Western Kentucky.
Offensive Graduate Assistant
Former Purdue player Justin Sinz is in his first season as a football intern after three years as a 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. He led the team in receptions in 2013 (41) and ended his collegiate career with at least one catch in 24 consecutive games.
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.
Sinz and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, Jora.
Offensive Graduate Assistant
Max Halpin is in his first season as an offensive graduate assistant.
Halpin was a three-year starter (2014-16) at center for Western Kentucky under current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm. The Hilltoppers won back-to-back Conference USA championships in career. In his senior season, he was a member of an offense that ranked No. 1 in points per game (45.5) and No. 5 in yards per game (523.1) among all NCAA Division I schools. He was named first team All-Conference USA in a vote by the coaches in 2016. He graduated from WKU in 2016 with a degree in business administration.