Friday, December 31, 2010

Purdue Linebackers Coach

Mark Hagen has left to become the defensive line and special teams coach at Indiana under new head coach Kevin Wilson. The coaching tree has come up with the following potential replacements:

Kurt Van Valkenburgh - Florida Atlantic Defensive Coordinator
  • Became defensive coordinator at FAU in 2010 after twelve seasons coaching linebackers and special teams. Purdue OC Gary Nord coached at FAU from 2004-08.
  • Coached defensive backs at Purdue in 1996.
  • Defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 1995. Danny Hope was the offensive line coach and Gary Nord was the offensive coordinator at OU.
  • Defensive backs coach at Louisville from 1992-94. Hope and Nord were also on that staff at Louisville.
  • Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger is rumored to be retiring, which could leave Van Valkenburgh looking for a new job.

DJ Eliot - Florida State Defensive Ends Coach
  • Graduate Assistant at Houston in 2000 and '01, when Purdue RB coach Cornell Jackson was the Cougars' linebackers coach.
  • Played linebacker at Wyoming from 1995-97. Danny Hope was the OL coach at Wyoming in '96.

Chuck Bullough - ex-UCLA Defensive Coordinator
  • Linebackers coach at Western Michigan in 2005. Purdue WR coach Brian Rock coached at WMU from 1992-2005.

Kyle Nystrom - Central Michigan Linebackers/Special Teams Coach
  • Coached at Western Michigan from 1989-2001. He spent ten of those seasons on staff with Brian Rock.

Other names in consideration: Johnny Frost, Florida Atlantic; Reggie Johnson, Arkansas; Osia Lewis, Hartford Colonials (UFL); Larry Hoefer, Baylor; Rick Lantz, Omaha Nighthawks (UFL).

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