Purdue’s Jeff Brohm didn’t hesitate to tap into Fort Wayne’s rich football tradition while making his first Boiler hire.
JaMarkus Shephard, a former Northrop standout making a name for himself as a college receivers coach, will join Brohm’s new staff as an offensive assistant.
This past season Shephard, 32, was the inside receivers coach at Washington State. He spent the previous two seasons as the receivers coach for Brohm at Western Kentucky. He’s an energetic coach who develops close relationships with his players.
Shephard was part of a Hilltoppers offense that averaged 374.3 yards passing in 2014 and 372.2 yards in 2015.
Yes, connections matter.
"JaMarcus Shephard is an outstanding coach and communicator who will motivate and build a strong connection with our players," Brohm said in a university release. "He knows our system well and is a great teacher of the game, having been part of successful programs at Western Kentucky and Washington State. He is an exceptional recruiter and has deep ties in the south and in Indiana, his home state. Jamarcus brings a passion and energy to the field each day that will inspire our players and our fans."
Shephard was an NCAA Division III All-America kick returner and receiver for DePauw from 2001-04. He still has the school record for career kickoff return yards (2,382).
He coached for a year at Northrop, and then another year at Indianapolis Broad Ripple. He also was a volunteer assistant with the DePauw track program, working with sprinters and long jumpers.
Brohm is also expected to name younger brother Brian Brohm as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Brian Brohm had the same role at Western Kentucky. Brian Brohm previously spent eight years in the NFL and Canadian Football League after a standout quarterback career at Louisville.
Jeff Brohm, who was officially hired as Purdue's head coach on Monday, is putting together his staff. He's known as an offensive innovator whose Western Kentucky teams ranked among the nation's most offensively explosive during his three seasons there.