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Report: JaMarcus Shepherd Rumored to Join Purdue Football Staff

Jeff Brohm’s initial coaching staff is starting to take shape.

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Just two days after announcing he was taking the head coaching position at Purdue it looks like Jeff Brohm’s first coaching staff is taking shape. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports is reporting that JaMarcus Shpherd is expected to join as the new wide receivers coach:

This probably does not bode well for Gerad Parker staying on unless he is taking another position on the staff. Here is some more on Feldman, thanks to reader Robert P. Gill who found this article:

From that standpoint, Shephard, 32, is the football-coaching equivalent of a self-made man. The newest addition to the Cougars’ coaching staff played his college football at Division III DePauw University in Indiana. He got his start in coaching thanks to an academic mentor who saw potential in him and offered him a chance to switch tracks midcareer.

Shephard’s first coaching job came as a volunteer assistant on Willie Taggart’s staff at Western Kentucky in 2011. He stayed with the Hilltoppers through two coaching changes, rising rapidly through the ranks to become the wide receivers and special teams coach under current head coach Jeff Brohm.

When Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Tyson Helton joined his brother Clay Helton’s USC staff in January, Shephard was offered the opportunity to become Western Kentucky’s next offensive coordinator.

Shepherd is a Fort Wayne native who played at DePauw and has recently been working as the WR coach at Washington State.