Purdue Hires Marshall's Gerad Parker to Coach Tight Ends

By Tyler Waddell
Bradley Leeb – USA Today Sports

New Purdue Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell has hired Gerad Parker to coach the tight ends and hold the title as recruiting coordinator, reports Fox News.

Parker spent the last two seasons as Marshall’s receivers coach, where he helped the Thundering Herd lead the nation in passing offense at 365.1 yards per game.

“Gerad is just what I was looking for in our tight ends coach,” Hazell said in a statement released by the school’s official athletic site. “He’s a young and energetic coach with passing game experience…His background will help in the development of some very special tight ends in our program. He will also serve as our recruiting coordinator. His addition brings another smart, well-organized coach with a passion to make Purdue great to our staff.”

While with the Thundering Herd in 2012, wide receiver Tommy Schuler led the entire FBS with 9.2 receptions per game and finished No. 18 in the country with a 94.8 yards per game average.

Not only does this show that Parker is a worthy mentor, but he has a background of success, something the Boilermakers desperately need at this time of rebuilding.

Parker was also the passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach for the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks from 2008-10.

He is the eighth hire for Hazell’s new staff, which is still in need of a defensive line coach.

Purdue finished 6-7 (3-5 Big Ten) last season. It starts spring practice on March 18 and will host its annual spring game on April 12.

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