This morning Purdue announced that two more vacancies int he football department have been filled, one of them being a familiar name if you knew much about the Western Kentucky coaching staff:
Chris Barclay - Offensive Quality Control - With Markell Jones, Brian Lankford-Johnson, Richie Worship, and the exiled Keyante Green all on the roster Purdue has some definite promise at running back this fall. that’s why the addition of Barclay is probably a good one. Unlike when Hazell was hired, there is a lot of continuity with this staff coming over. Barclay was at Western Kentucky last year and was responsible for developing Anthony Wales into one of the nation’s top backs.
Wales ran for 1,621 yards and 27 touchdowns, numbers that would shatter all Purdue season records. Before coaching at WKU he was the running backs coach at Marshall for two years, where he helped Devon Johnson run for 1,767 yards in 2014. He is somewhat familiar with Purdue as he played against us in 2002 and 2003 while at Wake Forest. In 2002 he ran for 70 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries as Wake Forest won 24-21. The next year in Winston-Salem we held him to 26 yards on 19 carries.
Barclay finished his career as the all-time leading rusher at Wake Forest with over 4,000 yards. He briefly played in the NFL too.
Sean Pugh - Director of Player Development - Pugh is kind of a team mentor and advisor. here is what the Purdue release had to say about him:
Pugh joins the Boilermakers after serving as Western Kentucky’s football character coach from 2008 to 2016. In that capacity, he counseled coaches and players, led Bible studies, organized community service efforts, and worked with the team on life skills development.
Pugh also has served as a pastor at the Hillvue Heights Church (2010-15), the WKU campus director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2014-16) and as the lead pastor at Church on the Main (2015-16). He got his start in collegiate athletics in the FCA’s training program at Auburn from August 2007 to May 2008.
A four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs twice during Pugh’s career. He graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and went on to earn a master of theology from Campbellsville University in 2014.