Lou Anarumo
Lou  Anarumo

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Lou Anarumo is in his eighth season as defensive backs coach. He was named to the position Feb. 13, 2004.

Anarumo was named one of the nation's top secondary coaches by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com in June of 2008.

Starting from scratch with four new starters in 2010, the Boilermaker secondary featured true freshman Ricardo Allen. The first-year Boilermaker returned two interceptions for touchdowns, finished with three picks total and led the Big Ten in interception return yardage en route to earning Freshman All-America honors, as well as second team all-conference recognition.

Cornerbacks Brandon King and David Pender were named second team All-Big Ten in 2009, while safety Torri Williams was an honorable mention selection. Pender finished his career ranked tied for second in school history with 33 pass breakups.

From 2005 to 2006, the Boilermakers rebuilt their secondary and improved from 287.3 passing yards allowed per game to 241.2 yards. In 2008, they ranked third overall in the Big Ten, surrendering just 183.2 yards per game. That figure dropped to merely 152.5 yards in conference games and was tops in the Big Ten.

Safety Bernard Pollard was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2006 NFL draft, becoming the highest-drafted Purdue defensive player since linebacker Fred Strickland (47th overall) by the Los Angeles Rams in 1988.

Anarumo came to the Boilermakers from Marshall, where he coached the defensive backs from 2001 to 2003. He also served as special teams coordinator in 2003. The Thundering Herd ranked 10th in the nation in passing defense in 2003, allowing 177.4 yards per game. They were sixth in 2002 at 161.5 yards after ranking 37th in 2001 at 198.7 yards. Marshall compiled a 30-8 record over the three seasons and won the GMAC Bowl in 2001 and 2002. Strong safety Chris Crocker was a third-round selection of the Cleveland Browns in the 2003 National Football League draft.

Prior to his stint at Marshall, Anarumo was assistant head coach at Harvard from 1995 to 2000, working with the defensive backs and coordinating the special teams. During his tenure, he helped build a pass defense regarded among the finest in the Ivy League. The Crimson led the league in pass efficiency defense in 1999 and ranked second in interceptions in 2000.

From 1992 to 1994, Anarumo was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also served as the admissions liaison to the athletics department.

Anarumo was a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He was assistant defensive backs coach under Phil Elmassian - whom Anarumo replaced on the Boilermaker staff - and responsible for film breakdown and organization of the scout teams.

From January to June 1990, Anarumo was a part-time running backs coach at Wagner College. He filled that same role at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from September 1989 to January 1990.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Anarumo (born Aug. 18, 1966) earned his B.S. degree in special education from Wagner in 1990. While in college, he served as head junior varsity coach at Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island, N.Y. Anarumo and his wife, Fran, have three children: Madison, Louis and Christopher.


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