WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack will leave to become head coach at Illinois State.
Spack spent 12 years as defensive coordinator and 16 years total as a coach at Purdue. Under him, the Boilermakers led the Big Ten in total defense in 2002 before struggling in recent years. Purdue finished 64th out of 119 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams in total defense this past season as the team went 4-8 and missed a bowl game for only the second time in the past decade.
New Purdue coach Danny Hope wished Spack well.
"Certainly, we are happy for Brock, but sorry to see him go," Hope said in a statement. "When I took the job at Purdue, I knew it was likely there would be some attrition on the staff, with guys leaving to become head coaches or coordinators. Like every head coach, I keep a short list of coaches to consider for vacancies, and we will get a quality replacement on our staff as quickly as possible."
Spack takes over a Division II program that went 3-8 last season and gave up 31 points per game. The job will be Spack's first as a head coach at any level.
Hope came to Purdue in January as a coach-in-waiting because longtime coach Joe Tiller planned to retire. Spack openly said he wanted the job and was disappointed to be bypassed.
"I respect the decision they made," he said at the January press conference. "I think it's the perfect decision for right now."
Illinois State spokesman Todd Kober said Spack will be introduced on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Hope hired Gary Nord as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Shawn Clark as offensive line coach. He also elevated J.B. Gibboney from a graduate assistant position to special teams coordinator.
Hope also has announced that offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher and assistant offensive line coach John McDonell would not be retained from Tiller's staff, and that Mark Hagen would no longer serve as special teams coordinator.